Translated from the Mayan language, K’iché, the Popol Vuh is the “Book of Counsel” or the “Book of the Community” containing Mayan legends that explain the origins of the world and of civilization. It was translated by Fray Francisco Ximénez in 1701.
The original manuscript was sold to a collector, but was later purchased by Edward E. Ayer who returned it to America. Presently, the original manuscript can be found in the Newberry Library in Chicago.
The dark color of the bottle represents the beginning of a still uncertain world. Its warm tones go back in time to the earth’s origins and its fertility.
A feathered serpent descends around the bottle representing wisdom; the knowledge awarded by the Mayan gods. The gliding motion of the serpent represents verticality; the connection between the earth and the sky.
The bottle’s cap is made of a solid piece of 25 million year-old fossilized amber.
The bottle’s case is made of Olinalá, which is carved with Mayan hieroglyphs concerning the origins of the world as described in the Popol Vuh..
According to the Aztecs, the world was established by the god Ometeotl who was both male and female.
He is known as the androgynous God of Fire and of the Aztec pantheon that established the five suns; periods of time when earth and man were created with a deity in each of them. According to Aztec culture, we are currently living in the fifth sun.
The “Legend of the Suns” is a myth of Nahua origin, compiled from oral tradition and recorded along with the myth of “The Creation of the Fifth Sun” in The Codex Chimalpopoca.
The bottle represents these five periods of time, which are expressed through five concentric circles starting from the outside and moving inwardly. The circles express how the four gods give their lives for the fifth sun; the sun where the world begins, the universe evolves, and man is born. This is the sun we currently live in, and it will end, according to the Aztecs, with a great earthquake.
This bottle’s case displays all of those souls sacrificed for the fifth sun.
According to legend, Mayahuel is a beautiful Aztec goddess who runs away from her grandmother’s house to be with the God Quetzalcoatl. Both of them transform into tree branches becoming one single tree. But Mayahuel’s grandmother finds them and full of rage, orders the stars to devour her granddaughter. Quetzalcoatl immobile, picks up Mayahuel’s remains and buries them in the ground, which causes the first agave plant to sprout. The plant, upon being struck by lightning, oozes nectar from its heart; symbolically the blood of Mayahuel. From then on, mezcal and tequila accept Mayahuel as a goddess; the goddess of intoxication.
This bottle shows Quetzalcoatl and the goddess Mayahuel entangled in a spiral of lust. They are loving each other, yet causing the nectar to ooze from their bodies. This is represented by a piece of amber, which also symbolizes the blood of Mayahuel.
The bottle’s case displays 400 breasts that Mayahuel used to feed 400 rabbits (shown on the bottom portion of box). The breasts symbolize feminine fertility and the milky liquid emanating from the goddesses body to nourish human drunkenness.
Amber, also known as succinite (from the Latin succinum), is a gemstone made from fossilized tree resin derived primarily from conifer remains and some angiosperms. When trees ooze this resin it hardens through polymerization, and sometimes organic inclusions, such as insects, are preserved in the resin for millions of years.
This bottle is a one-of-a-kind piece formed using hundreds of ambers stones varying in age, texture, and size. The vast majority of the inlayed stones are still rough and unpolished indicating their natural state when the universe was created.
For the Mexican forefathers, the gods were those who descended from the trees in the form of resin and who exuded precious stones full of insects, seeds and plants.
A single bottle contains millions of years of trapped riches in each of its inlayed stones.
This bottle’s case is crafted in 24 karat gold, which alludes to the vibrant color of amber. It is decorated with fine floral and insect motifs that have been fossilized with the passing of time, and thus becoming a part of the past.