Besides being performed as a part of spiritual rituals, dance was and continues to also be an expression of joy and pleasure.
The nagual Axolote figure, a symbol of the center of modern Mexico, is represented as a dancer. It mixes dance traditions of Mesoamerica with Iberian influence in its ornamentation. Drawing inspiration from the four elements of matter, of earth, water, air, and fire. It also wears a distinctive feathered crown and grasps a conch shell in its hand. The shell symbolizes pre-Hispanic communication and cadence.
The work represents the cultural integration that consolidated the common beliefs and customs by the various native communities of Mesoamerica.
- Copal wood
- Acrylic paints
- Pheasant, macaw and peacock feathers
- Sterling silver
- Height: 85 cm
- Width: 110 cm
- Depth: 60 cm
- Wood carving: Isaías Jiménez Hernández
- Plumage: Iván Cruz López
- Silversmithing: Martha Téllez y Yesenia Salgado