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Earthenware with pigment
Overall: 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)
James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1963.93
Maya blue pigment was made by combining clay with indigo in a complex technique developed around the ninth century.
The major offerings placed in the Maya graves of Jaina Island were ceramic figurines, some of Mesoamerica's finest, that depict deities and humans in a variety of roles. This warrior, his headdress removable, once probably held weapons and wears either quilted cotton armor or the feathered uniform of a military order. We don't know why such figures are often pot-bellied.
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