The Head of the Rain God housed at the Dallas Art Museum Introduction Tlaloc was one of the most important gods in Mesoamerica and has maintained an air of significance for archeologist and artist studying Pre- Colombian history. Tlaloc’s importance comes from him being revered as the god of rain, water and fertility for multiple Pre-Colombian communities. For example, the rain god was worshiped atop of Templo Mayor, which was one of the main temples located in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The rain god is commonly depicted wearing large circular goggles over his eyes and with fangs protruding from his mouth. The Head of the Rain God Tlaloc is a Pre-Colombian statue that appears to be massive and could possibly weigh almost a thousand pounds due to its size and material composition. The statue appears to be made up of ceramic and stucco that was once beautifully painted with vibrant colors. Due to the monument being very large, one could infer that it would be placed atop of a large structure such as a pyramid with a temple on top. The scale of the design and the symbolism gathered from the various features aid in adding vibrancy and meaning to the sculpture. Headdress Feathers The headdress is an eye-catching piece featuring feathers, roping and …show more content…
The extension appears to have no blunt ends and can be described as large swirls that represent the clouds in a storm or streams of water. The extension has remnants of its once vibrant blue paint still intact on the left side of the piece. If the statue is viewed directly from the front the extension appears as a thin column of rectangles stacked along the middle of the nose. However, from the side the protruding nature of the extension are apparent if observed from various standing angles. The extension flows seamlessly with the accompanying statue elements due to the it’s smoothness and overall
Decorations include bold designs made from feathers, furs and pendants. The rich are draped in flashy jewelry such as unisexual earrings, bracelets and necklaces that are fashioned from gold. Headdresses, which are usually not for every day use, (ornaments included a variety of objects that the Aztec people would procure from shells and all kinds of colors to metals, feathers of local birds and beads or precious stones.) are worn for special ceremonies. For example, superior warriors called Jaguar Warriors are prized with feathered helmets that distinguish them for their bravery and skill (take
The state of Missouri has plenty of musical artists to be proud of with jazz innovator Charlie Parker from Kansas City and legendary rocker Chuck Berry from St. Louis. The Rainmakers are an original rock band from Kansas City. They came out with a string of hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the U.S. and Europe. This bar band still performs.
Coe and Koontz argue that all rain gods in Mesoamerica are based off of the Olmec rain gods, implying that the Olmec influenced several people. They built a lot of temples and performed multiple rituals. One ritual included burying a mosaic beneath a plaza, to create a sacred space. Hopewell buries objects during rituals as well, however, they do so in burial mounds. Hopewell does not seem to have many deities, so it is possible that they believed in a system similar to animism.
Tlaloc was the supreme Aztec god of the rain, he was also a god associated with fertility and water. The rain god was also the patron of the calendar day and ruler of the third sun, and the heavens in Aztec Cosmology. Tlaloc was one of the most influential gods of the Aztec as well as the molder of their civilization. Tlaloc, was widely praised for being the giver of life and nourishment though he was also feared for his ability to send hail, thunder, and lightning, and for being the lord of the powerful element of water that he could choose to give or take away from the people. He is seen in wall paintings and ceramics and in the sculpted statues by the ancient Aztec.
The author mentions in his book that this sculpture represents The Mayans ideal of beauty and perfection, with its lively features, as a perfect description of its magnificence, and components noticeably in Maya workmanship during the Classic period 200 BC - AD 900. He embodies the horticultural cycle which is associated to the abundance of wealth and thriving. In this figure his hair is the silk of the cob and his hat is an adapted ear of corn. The sculpture was created in Copan, Honduras and it is made of limestone. Its dimensions are 89 cm height, 56.5 cm width and 30 cm depth.
This sculpture was carved from a 19-ton granite boulder, which the entire surface of the boulder is hand carved into a continuous and endless ridge flanked by ‘v’ shaped grooves or furrows (University of Iowa, 2009). This sculpture is located on campus at the University
The Chicano Movement of the 1960s brought to the forefront of Mexican-American consciousness the need to identify as a self-determined group with unique histories, legends, heroes, triumphs, and legacies (Garcia). This belief in the importance of a renegotiation of Chicano subjectivity and the retrieval of a lost history is embedded in the text of Arturo Islas’ novel The Rain God. Miguel Chico puts forth in this story about a family of sinners—the Angel family—that literature can be utilized as a source of recovery through the acknowledgment of systems of oppression. Miguel, who is the narrator-protagonist of the story, as well as a closeted homosexual, writes, “Perhaps he had survived to tell others about Mama Chona and people like Maria.
With it being only a couple hundred years old the statue does not have any missing parts and everything is intact from what is immediately visible to the eye of the viewer, the original marble (which I have not had the pleasure of viewing) may have intricate pieces missing,. Anacreon is holding both of the small infants which are the gods, Bacchus and Cupid, in his arms. All of their heads are looking down and it gives them a very dark shadow which is cast upon their faces, this could be considered slightly eerie because the faces are not quite visible, but looking at it from another angle you can see the smile on Anacreon’s face as he looks at the infant cupid sitting on his left arm, looking at the statue it
Noah’s Ark is an oil on masonite painting done by Aaron Douglas in 1927. The 48 by 36 inches painting is currently on display at The Carl Van Techten Gallery of Fine Arts at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. The representational portrait painting shows an outdoors scene. There is a source of light coming from the top right corner. Following down the painting, there is a man at the front of a large boat, pointing to the left.
The Inca Empire was shrouded in misunderstanding and mystery; the way it worked was/is so dissimilar to what most Western societies would consider basic societal, organizational, or religious foundations for a governing body or empire, that when it was first seen by European (specifically Spanish) eyes, it was completely alien and incomprehensible. The Inca Empire had no “economy” as we know it, they had no concept of “money” as a stand in for physical goods, instead they traded and bartered for those physical goods directly. While, the plebeians did get taxed (and were taxed extremely efficiently), they were taxed what they made, ex. Potatoes, corn, labour, wool and cloth from alpacas and llamas etc (examples pictured to the left and right).
The subject of the Monumental Figure is that he is portrayed as the Storm God, also knows as Maya deity Chahk. He was the personification of rain, storms and lightning in Mayan time. The sculpture was probably part of a royal court building, looking down and gazed on the people who entered. The warlike Ckahk sculpture represents the Late and Terminal Classic period. The scale and his stiff stature and other elements such as his attire indicate that it is from the Puuc hills of Yucatan and
They believed that hair could be used to communicate with the spirit world and that it served as a conduit for spiritual energy. Cherokee men typically wore their hair in a topknot, which was adorned with feathers and other decorative items. Women also wore their hair in a topknot, which was considered a symbol of their strength and status within the tribe. Cherokee warriors often wore eagle feathers in their hair, which represented their bravery and connection to the spirit
People usually that a lot of the Native American people dressed the same, but in reality, it was all different. It all depended on what resources they had, the weather and temperature in that area, and their tribe’s specific culture. One thing that was different for every tribe clothing wise were their headdresses. Now, the Native Americans had many different types of headdresses, and they weren’t all just tall feathers stuck to a head band, they all had different meanings to go along with it. Saying this, there is a headdress that does look similar to that description, and it is simply called the feather headdress.
Introduction: The Two Buildings; Parthenon in Athens and Pantheon in Rome are both classical heritage of the former world powers. Both buildings were temple built and dedicated to the gods of Athens and Romans. The excellent strength and the durability of these temples are unimaginable. Going by the length of time that these buildings have been in existence, one cannot but admires the brilliance of the ancient Greek and Roman architects for such excellent edifices that have outlived many generations, and yet remain a symbol of ancient Greek and Roman history.
The texture of the soft limestone would likely have felt rough, yet the statue appears very smooth, probably from being painted, and catches the light well, urging the viewer to touch it. Its intended purpose was likely to depict a husband and wife for the purpose of supplying a "home" for their spirits in the afterlife. From this vessel, the couple could partake of the gifts of food offered to. The lovely sculpture