Portrait of Ix Chel
11 x 14"
4 Color Digital / Printed in New York
White / Uncoated 90 C
This imagined portrait of the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel is decorated with some of the goddess' favorite companions and offerings.
Little is known about Ix Chel, as sadly, most of the written books and codices of the Maya people were tragically destroyed by Spanish priests in their attempts to convert the peoples of the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America, to Christianity.
She is a maiden, mother and crone. She controls the moon, the tides, and all of the bounty of the sea. She makes the land fertile and lush. She helps women with childbirth, ensuring health for both mother and child. Often depicted with a coiled snake on her head, she is a powerful magician and healer with vast knowledge of medicinal plants.
Originally inspired by the salty, crystal clear blue shores of the Mexican Caribbean, Open Sea is a creative studio based in Brooklyn that specializes in fine stationery and paper goods. The company was established in 2015 by Melissa Constandse.
Our paper goods line is inspired by the occult, the Victorian era, and all manner of esoteric traditions, as well as naturalist art and the treasures of the plant and animal kingdom. Each piece is meticulously designed with purpose and intention as a tribute to long lost traditions and to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.