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Mayan Jade Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.3637
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Jade

Location: United States
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This seated figure is softly rounded, and portrays a male figure with crossed legs and his hands placed over his distended abdomen. This stance could possibly denote his particular importance in society, and the body form itself is reminiscent of Olmec sculpture of the Gulf Coast. However, the head is typically that of a Mayan jade carving. The distinctive red coloration in the jade is probably due to cinnabar that is sprinkled in tombs. The intriguing stance and expression of the figure inspires us to imagine what emotions are being portrayed. The striking simplicity of the carving gives it its strength. A strong symmetrical form, with closed eyes, a wide triangular nose and deeply incised unsmiling mouth, symbolizing the importance of such a piece in a tribal context as well as its appeal to a collector. - (PF.3637)


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