Los dibujos y las pinturas Mayas desde la vista, la mano y el ánimo del pintor Francisco Chavez.
Mayan drawings and paintings from the viewpoint, hand and soul of painter Francisco Chavez.
domingo, 24 de enero de 2010
Los Dioses Jaguares
Private Collection, Dec. 2009
13" x 13"
Acrylic on canvas
The jaguar is the most feared and respected beast in the Mayan world in part due to its ability to cross between worlds. It represents life and the earth by day and the spirit world by night. The jaguar is often associated with night, caves, royalty, the underworld and shamanic transformation.
Mayan rulers wore jaguar pelts to signify their status and to summon power. The feline's skin is used in Mayan glyphs to denote rank, authority and power, especially in wartimes.
Jaguars in black usually represent the underworld, and light colored jaguar gods represent the upper world. Both are necessary beings who work with the creator in helping form the world and promote changes. They symbolize protection of the plant, animal, and human worlds.
It is no wonder then, that the artist has painted a series of three jaguars gods: one light, one dark and one white on black crossing over into the firmamento.