Panel with Royal Woman

c. 795
Location: not on view
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This panel, likely from a palace interior, depicts a royal Maya woman.


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.
Panel with Royal Woman

Panel with Royal Woman

c. 795

K’in Lakam Chahk, Jun Nat Omootz

Maya style, Mexico or Guatemala, Usumacinta River region, Classic Period, 250-900

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