Maya Head Fragment of a Young Lord

    Mayan, Northern Lowlands
    C. 800-1100 AD
    Polished Pottery
    7½" Tall x 5¼" Wide

    The dramatic hand modeled face is crafted from a deep beige clay, broken in ancient times at the chest. The delicately refined, realistic face shows a young male with a pronounced forehead showing an elongated slanting form indicative of royalty where, as a child, the head was bound with a board and shaped into a slope. The face is that of a real young man with almond shaped eyes, thick lips, strong cheek bones, narrow chin, and cropped hair cut straight across the forehead. He wears a multiple tiered large headdress signifying a position of power. The headdress comprises a tufted strap mounted with a large amount of plumes being held together by a wide band. A large and fine rendering of a royal member. The statue would have been crafted by master potters in the northern lowlands region and appears to have been from a single large standing figure. He is missing pieces from ancient times, the nose with some fill to a small loss, and some minor surface touch up on the left side of face. Comes with beautiful custom acrylic base. Scarce to see such a large fragment with this quality of refined artistry.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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