Snakes at Temple

Creator

Hirsch, Stefan (American painter, 1899-1964)

Subject

archaeology; Serpentes; Chichen Itza Site (Mexico)
Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico

Description

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.

Coverage

Modernist

Source

Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection, Bard College Archives

Date

1930-1932

Rights

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Format

charcoal on paper; 8.3x11.6 inches

Identifier

2_2.029

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Citation

Hirsch, Stefan (American painter, 1899-1964), “Snakes at Temple,” Stevenson Library Digital Collections, accessed September 26, 2017, http://omekalib.bard.edu/items/show/1726.