Chac Mool, Messenger to the Gods
Chac Mool (pronounced Chalk Mool) was first discovered at Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan. These Chac Mool primitive art
sculptures are seated on the ground, back raised, elbows touching the ground, legs pulled towards body and head at a sharp angle. The hands of
this ancient Mexican art work hold a vessel or disk on the stomach where Mayan offerings may have been placed. The most well known of these
ancient Mexican art works sits atop the Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza, alluded to at the top left of this Mexican art work.
The name Chac Mool is derived from a sculpture excavated from the Temple of Eagles and Jaguars in Chichen Itza in 1875. “Chaacmool” was translated
from Yucatan Mayan as “the paw swift as thunder”, and given to this ancient Mexican art sculpture depicting a Mayan warrior prince who once
ruled Chichen Itza. I had first seen this primitive Mexican art at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City while on my honeymoon. It
fascinated me and I now carry a series of Mexican art prints of primitive art. Despite artistic liberty in the placement of this Mexican art
work outside the walls of the National Museum of Anthropology, I feel the jungle setting makes an interesting composition.
Mexican wall art:
This Mexican art work, and three others (Jaguar, Feathered Serpent, and Summer Solstice) are printed on hand
made 140# cotton paper from Europe. They make an interesting statement as a cluster of Mexican wall art. Each Mexican art print has been tested
for longevity by Wilhelm Research, who states that no noticeable fading will be detectable to the human eye until 2060-2070.
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