Sheet from Estampas del Popol Vuh

Maker and role
Artist: Carlos Mérida, Guatemalan, 1891-1984
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12 3/8 x 10 11/16in (31.4 x 27.1cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
Popol Vuh, or Book of the People, is the creation story of the K'iche' (sometimes spelled Quiché) people, a Maya culture existing since Pre-Columbian times in what is now Guatemala. Mérida traced his roots to these people so the Popol Vuh had particular resonance for him. He decided not to illustrate the book in a literal fashion. Rather, he wanted to give a sense of the wonder of the creation story presented.

Plate 2:
There was only immobility and silence in the darkness of the night. The Creator, the Maker, the Dominator, the Plumed Serpent were alone...At the break of dawn, man appeared.
Signature & date
Signed l.c.: Carlos Merida 1943
Dated l.c.: 1943
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