Hand grasping fish

‘Tzak’ means ‘to conjure’ in ancient Maya glyphs (8th century). The glyph depicts a hand grasping a fish.


In 2019, I watched a fascinating PBS documentary on the decoding of the Mayan writing system. The glyphs are a beautiful mixture of script and art.


Quote about the ‘tzak’-symbol: 

"It's this idea of grabbing something that's elusive, reaching into another realm, in a way, or even into the underworld, and wrenching something out of that and bringing it into your own world, that is conjuring."

This drawing is, as always, my own interpretation of this subject. You might even recognize a more contemporary character.