Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010

Face Fragment

Face Fragment


Molded pottery

Overall: 15.5 x 13 x 9 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.179


Julie Mehretu: Portals (FRONT International: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows)

Did you know?

G1’s distinctive tooth was perhaps inspired by a 63 million-year-old fossilized shark tooth.


This thick, heavy ceramic face fragment may come from an incensario (incense burner). Several features, including the tau- or T-shaped front teeth, suggest it represents a deity known today only as G1 due to difficulties in translating its Maya name, which is recorded in hieroglyphs. The deity’s meanings are equally elusive, though it seems to be associated with both the sun and water.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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