Maya peoples / Seated Figure / 6th centuryMaya peoples
Seated Figure
6th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Maya peoples
Title: Seated Figure
View: Side View
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 599
Creation Date: 6th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: H. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.206.1063
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979

Time, insects, and moisture have destroyed most Precolumbian sculpture in wood, but a handful of objects have miraculously survived. This wood figure probably owes its existence to the sturdy dry walls of a chamber, perhaps a tomb, where in ancient times it was placed, protecting it from the tropical environment in which it is said to have been found. The noble bearing of the figure clearly bespeaks a personage of importance. He sits with legs and feet tucked under him and wears a fringed kilt, or hip cloth, tied in place by a fancy belt knotted at the waist. Another belt of the same pattern is worn over the shoulders, stole fashion. Suspended from the neck is a carefully detailed mask, and the ear ornaments are very grand. They consist of three large circular earflares bound together to form a chain that ends in a dramatic, long-nosed profile head. The full, curled-up mustache is unusual. The figure has been dated by the radiocarbon method to the sixth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.206.1063
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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