Warrior Figurine with Shield

Warrior Figurine with Shield

600-900

Molded and modeled pottery with traces of pigment

Overall: 17.3 x 9.2 x 7.9 cm (6 13/16 x 3 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.178

Fun Fact

Elaborate facial tattoos and a bivalve pendent identify this warrior as a sajal, a second-tier noble.

Description

Maya figurines portray a wide range of human, animals, and supernatural beings. This example represents a kneeling warrior who holds a rectangular shield and wears elaborate ornaments, including huge ear spools. The expressive, delicate head was made in a mold; the body was hand modeled.

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