12 3/8 x 10 11/16in (31.4 x 27.1cm)
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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.
You, deer, will sleep on the banks of the rivers and ravines; in the forests you will multiply, walk on four legs and on four legs live. Then the dwellings of large and small birds were distributed equally...Thus is was that habitation was given to the animals of the earth.
Signature & date
Signed l.c.: Carlos Merida 1943
Dated l.c.: 1943
Carlos Mérida (Guatemalan, b.1891, d.1984)