About this artwork
Artist Jose H. Alvarenga paints the history of chocolate through a scattering of cacao beans, a 1950s El Salvadorian Colon, and a golden chocolate coin. The abutment of the items signifies how ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures used cacao beans as currency. The origin of the word chocolate is from the Mayan word xocoatl or xocolatl which means bitter water, says Jose. I really like the contrast and details between the elements as they complement each other very well.