Like so many of the El Zapotal sculptures, this standing man carrying a jaguar on his back is unparalleled elsewhere in Mesoamerican sculpture. Is the feline the man’s supernatural alter ego or nagual, or does the scene depict an incident in a long-lost myth? The cape he wears is a most unusual shape and the determined look on his face contrasts sharply with the joyful face of his companion. (Height 67 cm). Photograph by Antonio Vizcaíno, published in Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, 1988.
The corpus of monumental ceramic sculpture at El Zapotal includes four seated Cihuateteotl figures. Like their standing companions, they wear long skirts with serpent belts, elaborate headdresses, necklaces, and bracelets. One writer has suggested they represent midwives. This example has a unique five-point device behind her head. The veil covering her head and neck is adorned with an almost-comical bat figure, perhaps symbolic of her nocturnal realm. The delicate modeling of her fingers is just another example of the superb skills of the artist. (Height 105 cm). Photograph by Antonio Vizcaíno, published in Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, 1988.
Arthur Grumiaux plays Bach’s Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002.
Chris Thile 2013-10-02 Partita No. 1 in B minor (complete suite)
The Thin Red Line (1998) Dir. Terrence Malick
One man looks at a dying bird and thinks there’s nothing but unanswered pain. That death’s got the final word, it’s laughing at him. Another man sees that same bird, feels the glory, feels something smiling through it.
Shut up in a tomb. Can’t lift the lid. Playing a role I never conceived.