Guerrero Calavera (Calavera Warrior), Carlos Colín, Ink on paper, 11" x 14", framed $1,000

Original size is 433 × 595 pixels

The feather ornament in the codex signifies that it is a warrior, but the calavera (skull) proves that his mask/helmet is made by sugar. This drawing is the mixture of two different concepts; the representation of one of the supreme commanders in the Mexica army that appears in the Codex Mendoza, and the calavera de azucar (skull of sugar) as part of the Día de Muertos tradition. It means that we respect death and at the same time we make fun of it since ancestral times.