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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Honduras, Copan, Maya
Title: Tenoned Head
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: c. 600-900
Creation Place: Copan
Creation Place: Honduras
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Stone
Dimensions: Overall: 52.8cm x 35.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1953.154
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Context: The Maya ruins of Copan, Honduras are famous for beautifully proportioned architecture and an abundance of both high-relief and fully three-dimensional sculpture. This head, once attached to a seated figure, comes from the façade of a ruined structure that archaeologists believe was a council house for nobles of the region. The tenon, or horizontal staff behind the head, was sunken into the well of the building to support the sculpture's weight. The youthful face embodies the Maya concept of ideal masculine beauty---sloping forehead, receding chin, and contemplative eyes. The hand cupping the chin may identify the head as a noble from one of Copan's outlying sites.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1953.154
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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