Updated: Apr 12, 2020
This Mayan goddess is connected to different other Mayan deities, or better say is a goddess viewed in many different ways. I won't go in as many explanations of her different aspects as I did for Mahakali, because in this painting I mostly focused on painting her as I've seen her in bas-relief in Palenque, surrounded with the beautiful environment of that magnificient ancient Maya city.
Rabbit & snake
The symbols that identify Ixchel are a snake on her head and a rabbit at her side. In the painting you can see a snake on her head, while the rabbit is a part of the stone frame on the right side of the goddess.
All the jewelry and face ornaments are inspired from sculptures I have seen in he museum of Palenque, and all the plants and flowers were observed in the Palenque site. Some leaves carry mayans glyphs, the Mayan zodiac sign Yax is represented at the bottom, under Ixchel's bust.
The explanation is focused on this specific painting, but to understand where the whole idea comes from, why I did this collection, please read my artist statement on my collection ‘BEAUTY OF US’, by clicking the link: