Hormiguero, Str. II

Hormiguero, Structure II [January 5, 2003]

"Within the strict norms that the monumental representation of these mythological elements takes on in these regions, the artist here has made use of multiple formal resources to give his own creation a greater three-dimensional appearance. The fangs not only stand out over the smooth surface of the door jambs, following the usual norm, but they also emerge obliquely from their respective gums; and toward one side of the large spiral eyes, which appear in the fold of the jaws, something similar occurs with the thin eyelids and the intricate ornaments that make up the large supra-orbital plates (in the middle of which an "X"-form motif stands out, the crossed bands of St. Andrew, which gives it a celestial character).

In addition, the stucco finish, miraculously preserved in some parts, allows us to appreciate an infinity of subtle details that constitute other symbolic connotations, such as the oval designs that decorate the jaws and represent the scales of a serpent, or, bordering the spiral edge of the enormous convex eye, the delicate edges embellished -- here and there like other elements of the composition -- by groups of small spheres that perhaps symbolize kernels of tender corn; or the series of zig-zag lines along the edge of the eyelid and well as some borders of the brow and the nostrils, seemingly suggesting eyelashes or hair; or those flamboyant motifs emerging from the diminutive ear-plug and bending up and down, representing flames and curls of smoke, or perhaps are poetic representations of new corn whose leaves, upon opening, symbolize the budding of vegetation, le renouveau; while the bone ornaments that emerge from the nostrils, or in "T" form hang from the earplugs, are related, in that dualism so typically Mesoamerican, with the concepts of underworld and death."