Original Resplendent Quetzal bird in flight acrylic painting signed by indigenous Mayan artist Zamilcar Garcia (fair trade - artist was paid full asking price). The Quetzal bird is endangered and the artist captures this in vibrant colors.
Quetzals are found from southern Mexico to Bolivia. The Resplendent Quetzal and the Golden-headed Quetzal are the only species found in Central America. The Resplendent Quetzal plays an important role in various types of Mesoamerican mythology. The Resplendent Quetzal was the sacred bird of the ancient Mayas and Aztecs and the tail feathers were used as currency. The ancient Mayas captured the birds, removed the feathers, and released the bird unharmed. Today the Resplendent Quetzal is the national emblem of Guatemala (whose monetary unit is the Quetzal).
Measures about 27 inches wide, 57 inches tall, painting is about 24 inches wide and 55 inches tall. These are approximate measurements and are accurate within about one inch.
No frame, shipped in crush proof tube, USPS Priority Mail, and fully insured.
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