Coyolxauhqui oil/canvas 1.36x1.74m | Eduardo Urbano Merino

Coyolxauhqui  oil/canvas  1.36x1.74m


In Aztec mythology, Coyolxauhqui  was a daughter of Coatlicue and Mixcoatl and is the leader of the Centzon Huitznahuas, the southern star gods. Coyolxauhqui was a powerful magician and led her siblings in an attack on their mother, Coatlicue, because Coatlicue had become pregnant.

The pregnancy of Coatlicue, the maternal Earth deity, made her other children embarrassed, including her oldest daughter Coyolxauhqui. As Coatlicue swept the temple, a few hummingbird feathers fell into her chest. Coatlicue’s child Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb in full war armor and killed Coyolxauhqui and her other 400 brothers and sisters, who had been attacking their mother. He cut off her limbs, then tossed her head into the sky where it became the moon, so that his mother would be comforted in seeing her daughter in the sky every night.


The composition of the painting shows the original Disk depicting a dismembered Coyolxauhqui which was found during construction in 1978 in Mexico City. Its discovery led to the excavation of the Templo Mayor, above the disk, is Coyolxauhqui in human form while she is watching herself as a bright moon in the sky, she is bleeding and her blood which flows from her heart turns into a blanket which tries to cover everything ( The blood of life is the most sacred gift that the gods gave ), you can also see the characteristic branches of the work of Eduardo Urbano Merino, with which also would be included in the composition the 3 colors of the Mexican flag, green, white and red.


The painting is in a private collection in Canada.

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