Wood engraving on Awagami Okawara 51gsm paper, packaged and mounted size, 11x15 cm (A6), signed and dated edition of 13 in Plum Black.
Part of a series of 20 prints created for a residency project at Mutton Fist Press. A limited edition of 13 prints, 10 of which are available individually, the remaining 3 will be available as a part of a set of all 20 prints. If you are interested in the set of 20 prints please get in contact via the website link below.
This series of prints are based on stone carvings of the patron gods of the Aztec sacred calendar, the Tonalpohuallli. The calendar is 260 days long and is comprised of twenty 13-day periods known as trecena. Each trecena is governed by a particular deity which oversees the rituals and ceremonies of those 13 days. This series of prints is based on those trecena deities.
Xiuhtecuhtl is the patron of the ninth week — the trecena starting 1 Coatl (1 Snake) — accompanied by the dawn god Tlahuizcalpantechutli, Xiuhtecuhtl is patron of the day Atl (Water). The day Coatl (Snake) is governed by Chalchihuitlue, goddess of water, lakes and streams. Xiuhtecuhtl is also the first of the nine night detities and provides the Ihiyhotl (Aira Soul) to those born on that day.
Xiuhtecuhtl is the god of fire, usually depicted as a young man and is identified with warriors and rulership. The name Xiuhtecuhtl signifies Turquoise Lord and sculptural representations are often decorated with turquoise mosaic. However Xiuhtecuhtli was also represented as Huehueteotl, the aged fire god and is depicted as a an old toothless man.
For more information on this series of prints visit www.mcgh.info/calendar