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The Mapade Cuauhtinchan No. 2.Sixteenth century. Cuauhtinchan, Puebla

Polychrome painting on amatl (bark paper). 201 cm ×109 cm (ends) and 112 cm (midsection).

“Along the road from Chicomoztoc to Cholula appears a series of scenes describing transformation. This process of transformation starts at the first whirlwind scene and ends with the second one, with scenes in between representing interaction with earth and water. The tlacuiloque depicted the Chichimecs with their eyes closed referring to a state of hallucinatory trance.”