Cuauhtémoc, which means “the sun that descends” in the Náhuatl language, was the name of the last ruler, or Tlatoani, of the Aztec empire. He rose to command while the Aztecs were in the midst of full conflict with the Spanish.
This work is an homage to Cuauhtémoc via its representation of the head of Quetzalcóatl, a highly revered Aztec diety, which is depicted bearing the Tlatoani feathered crown. As the last ruler of the Aztec empire, and one who defended his people, Cuauhtémoc was ultimately apprehended and executed. His fall spelled the end for many of the main Mesoamerican religious beliefs.
- Willow wood
- Acrylic paints
- Marabou and pheasant feathers
- Height: 80 cm
- Width: 110 cm
- Depth: 80 cm
- Wood carving: Isaías Jiménez Hernández
- Plumage: Iván Cruz López