The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 24, 2018

Panel with Royal Woman, c. 795

limestone, Overall: 60.4 x 69.8 cm (23 3/4 x 27 7/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1962.32

In this panel, probably from a palace interior, the woman’s static posture contrasts with the liveliness of the creature she holds, a god of royalty with a serpent leg and a grotesque head with a smoking torch on its brow. (The same deity is shown in the nearby Eccentric Flint.) Other signs of high rank are her jade jewelry and costume, its beauty suggesting that textiles and featherwork were great Maya arts, now lost to a tropical climate. The hieroglyphics refer to an undefined ritual that the woman completed in 795.

Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 1986. Fort Worth, TX: Kimball Art Museum; 1986. "The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Maya Art." Pl. 1, entry pg 76, color repr. pg 85.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (November 19, 2011 - April 9, 2012) and Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau (5/17/2012 - 10/28/2012): "Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World"

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