Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel is the Mayan goddess of midwifery, fertility, and medicine. The ancient Maya were a highly advanced civilization, particularly in their understanding of the solar system and mathematics. I've always wanted to sculpt a Mesoamerican deity but found the depictions, most of which are based on Spanish codices, very difficult to interpret visually. After some research, I chose Ixchel to sculpt as her iconography is fairly consistent: snake atop her head, sometimes pouring water, and sometimes depicted as a young or old woman. As an added homage to this beautiful Mayan goddess, I based her facial features on stock images of actual women from the Yucatan peninsula (the hub of the ancient Mayan civilization). Incidentally, I later learned through an Instagram colleague that one of the sculptures that I had used as reference is located in Isla Mujeres (The Island of Women) in Mexico. There is even a temple dedicated to her there (Templo De La Diosa Ixchel) which I hope to visit someday. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

 

Ixchel Mayan Goddess

Wet clay model (greenware)

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