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Panel with Royal Woman

Panel with Royal Woman

c. 795
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This panel, likely from a palace interior, depicts a royal Maya woman.

Description

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.
  • ?-1962
    Stolper Galleries, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1962-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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