Figurine with Back Rack

Figurine with Back Rack

300-900

Molded and modeled pottery with traces of pigment

Overall: 23.2 x 10.6 x 7.5 cm (9 1/8 x 4 3/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.172

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Figurines from Jaina, an elite Maya burial ground, served as companions for the dead.

Description

Maya figurines—made by hand, with molds, or sometimes a combination of the two techniques—represent a wide range of human, animals, and supernatural beings. This example is a male with an enormous backrack, an article of ceremonial attire worn by dancers and other courtly personnel. Figurines have been found in tombs and offerings but also in household contexts.

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