Shell with Seated Noble

Shell with Seated Noble


Conch shell

Overall: 16.6 x 7.9 x 3.5 cm (6 9/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1965.550

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A Maya nobleman smokes a cigar as he reaches toward a shell with a serpent.


This plaque, perhaps meant to be held in the hand for close viewing, is delicately incised with a ruler who leans toward a serpent-headed conch shell at the lower left. The lord, who smokes a cigar, is simply dressed in a loincloth; a band of body paint or tattoos appears on his chest.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Conch shell
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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