Maya Snake Eagle small copyThis snake and eagle image is inspired by a tiny section of a post-classic era Maya earthenware vase.
I liked it so much I thought it would make an awesome t-shirt design. And it did. I have a feeling that it’s a reversal of that iconic Mexican flag image of the eagle killing the snake, which although inspired by the Aztec Tenochtitlan foundation myth, for me caries implications of European imperialism. In this case, the snake (indigenous, heretic Other) wins.

Maya shirt front
Maya shirt back

Advertisements