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Photo, Print, Drawing [Trials of the hero-twins]

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  • [Trials of the hero-twins]


  • Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.
  • Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [1931]


  • -  Popol vuh--Illustrations
  • -  Quiché mythology
  • -  Quiché Indians--Religion
  • -  Myths--1930-1940


  • Watercolors--1930-1940


  • -  Title from Kislak Collection guide.
  • -  Watercolor painted by Diego Rivera in San Francisco, Calif. during the summer of 1931, originally commissioned to illustrate a never-published English translation of the Popol Vuh by John Weatherwax. Depicts the hero twins (Hanahpu and Xbalanque) and their conflict and competition with the lords of the underworld.
  • -  Watercolor and gouache on paper.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  Provenance: Gift of Jay I. Kislak Foundation.


  • 1 painting : watercolor ; 48 x 64 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • N8214.5.A45 C65 1750

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008700220

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

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IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

The contents of the Library of Congress Jay I. Kislak Collection are in the public domain and are free to use and reuse. The Library asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here.

The Kislak Collection is open to research. Because many of the items in the collection are on exhibit in the Library of Congress’ galleries, researchers are advised to contact the Geography and Map Division and/or the Rare Book and Special Collections Division prior to visiting in order to determine whether the desired materials will be available at that time.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Jay I. Kislak Collection.

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Chicago citation style:

Rivera, Diego, and Jay I. Kislak Collection. Trials of the Hero-Twins. , 1931. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Rivera, D. & Jay I. Kislak Collection. (1931) Trials of the Hero-Twins. , 1931. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Rivera, Diego, and Jay I. Kislak Collection. Trials of the Hero-Twins. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.