Whistle in the form of the moon goddess and her rabbit consort

A.D. 600–800

Late Classic 


Although they may strike Western eyes as an odd couple, the pairing of a young woman and a rabbit as seen on this figurine made perfect sense to the ancient Maya. Where Westerners see the face of a man on the moon, the people of Mesoamerica saw a rabbit. The young woman is the Moon Goddess, who, based on imagery from other Maya art, give birth to the rabbit-moon. The Maya Moon Goddess was associated with women’s progenitive powers in general, probably in part due to the parallelism of lunar and menstrual cycles. Other Maya imagery suggests that the rabbit’s father may have been the Sun God.

Princeton University Art Museum

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