Aug 9, 2010

Panel with Royal Woman

Panel with Royal Woman

c. 795


Overall: 60.4 x 69.8 cm (23 3/4 x 27 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1962.32


Did you know?

This panel, likely from a palace interior, depicts a royal Maya woman.


In this panel, probably from a palace interior, the woman’s static posture contrasts with the liveliness of the creature she holds, a god of royalty with a serpent leg and a grotesque head with a smoking torch on its brow. (The same deity is shown in the nearby Eccentric Flint.) Other signs of high rank are her jade jewelry and costume, its beauty suggesting that textiles and featherwork were great Maya arts, now lost to a tropical climate. The hieroglyphics refer to an undefined ritual that the woman completed in 795.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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