Snakes at Temple
Hirsch, Stefan (American painter, 1899-1964)
archaeology; Serpentes; Chichen Itza Site (Mexico)
Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
Playful and mysterious, here Hirsch uses the motif of the serpent among the ruins of a temple, probably at Chichen Itza. The Mayan feathered serpent deity, Kulkukan, was prominently represented throughout Chichen Itza, and Hirsch and Rogo likely encountered records of Kulkukan’s worship in the feathered serpent columns and hieroglyphic writing among the site.
Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection, Bard College Archives
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charcoal on paper; 8.3x11.6 inches
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