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Mayan Jade-Like Stone Mask - PF.3400
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 6 th Century AD to 9 th Century AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Jade-Like Stone

Location: UAE
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The summit of the classical age in Ancient Meso-America was reached by the Maya in their great temple cities. In those temple cities, great artistic expressions such as murals and sculptures flourished. It is during this classical period in which artists refined their skills to represent the human form and representations of their gods. Mayan figures very well depict the distinct Mayan physical characteristics such as the high cheekbones, fleshy and hooked nose, heavy lidded eyes, and fleshy lips. This remarkably sculpted Mayan mask displays such attributes. The exquisite mask is a depiction of a man's face, possibly a representation of a priest or a deity. The high cheekbones accentuate the depth of the heavy lidded eyes, and the slightly curving hooked nose creates a perfect symmetry of the face. The fleshy mouth is open to reveal the indication of the teeth, and even the wrinkles around the mouth are depicted. Skillfully carved and polished, the artist managed to portray realistic face on a hard stone surface. Small in scale, this mask was probably used in rituals/ceremonies or was worn as a pectoral or a bodily adornment. As we look into the mask, we are amazed to see how the artist captured such exquisite beauty in a small mask. Whether the mask represent a deity or a respected dignitary in the Mayan society, his poignant essence comes through strongly. Looking at this sculpted image is like looking into the face of an Ancient Mayan who perhaps participated in rituals and ceremonies in great temple cities. - (PF.3400)


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