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Yucatan Postclassic Maize Dancer by Kamazotz Yucatan Postclassic Maize Dancer by Kamazotz
This is the fifth outfit from my 'Other' section of Yucatecan Maya fashion of the Postclassic. This figure here, is a Maize dancer. He is dressed like the Maize or Corn God. The pose is from the various Classic period vase paintings depicting his dance. Although his attire is based solely on Postclassic sources. The sources I used were the: Codex Dresden and a Maya effigy censor from Mayapan depicting the God. These censors bare Maya and Southern Mexican symbolisms tied to their own cosmologies. However, the Mexican imagery was appropriated like their cosmology itself to fit into their Maya world view. You see for example the Jaguar helm so typical of the Mexican elite warrior groups; the famous Eagle and Jaguar knights. His painted shell around his neck a is jewels of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent. However if you notice the teeth - they are prominent on the front - much like how the Maya Tonsured Maize God of the Classic period was depicted. These mixing of Mexican and Maya imageries reflect the state of the Maya during the Postclassic, a culture which was still influenced by the Mexicans. By this time however, these influences don't appear to be as strong as they once were during the days of Chichen Itza in the Early Postclassic period. The Maya Maize God is an important deity tied to fertility, the Earth and humanity itself. Humans were thought to be made with corn dough, and he played a key role in the Hero Twin myth.

The outfit: He wears a hip cloth, loincloth, arm bands, ornaments, a headdress and back rack. Originally the censor he is based on had sandals too, but being a dancer, I removed them in this version. Also, part of his headdress contains corn stalks. He wears yellow body paint.

i wrote this all with my left hand so pardon the bad spelling. I have two more finished: an Aztec pochteca captain and a priest coming up I'll put up tomorrow. ^^
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Africa2000 Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love the idea.
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Kamazotz Oct 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you
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