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Steve Martinez - Kukulkan AKA Quetzalcoatl


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Steve Martinez
Kukulkan AKA Quetzalcoatl
acrylic on wood, 12"x12"
Kukulkan is a deity in Mesoamerican culture and literature whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and means "Precious serpent" or "Quetzal-feathered Serpent” and it is believed that this deity had a head of a bird with the body of a serpent with feathers instead of scales. This deity is known as Kukulkan in Mayan culture that spans from the Yucatan to Guatemala and known as Quetzalcoatl in Aztec culture that spans most of Mexico. This particular deity is the god of wind, air, and learning. My piece is a representation of the deity's head that decorates the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at the Ciudadela complex in Teotihuacan, Mexico.