A full view of a Mayan round mosaic shield. This artwork was part of the LACMA exhibit, “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico”. This mosaic resonated with me- the colours, the details, the amount of work that must have went into affixing tiny chips of turquoise to wood with natural gum… and then lasted for almost a millenium and counting.
Seriously, this piece demonstrates how much beauty the First Nations were capable of.
This stone idol, depicting the Sun and Quetzalcoatl, was the gateway to the LACMA exhibit Children of the Plumed Serpent. The exhibition examined the art and material objects of late pre-Columbian and early colonial societies across Mexico to explore Quetzalcoatl’s role as founder and benefactor of the Nahua-, Mixtec-, and Zapotec-dominated kingdoms of southern Mexico. This piece in particular has the Plumed Serpent coiled about yet rising from the Sun…
Mosaic of the Mosaic
This mosaic shield was part of the LACMA exhibit, Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico. Personally, the mosaic spoke to me, due to the intricate nature of the tiles which were made of turquoise and placed on wood using gum- and which has held together for nearly a thousand years.
Truly, this is a beautiful piece of ancient art which highlights the richness of Mayan culture.