Detail View: The AMICA Library: Architectural Head Fragment

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1990.183
AMICA Library Year: 
2001
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: 
Mexico, Campeche, Maya
Title: 
Architectural Head Fragment
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
c. 600-900
Creation Start Date: 
600
Creation End Date: 
900
Materials and Techniques: 
painted stucco
Creation Place: 
Campeche
Creation Place: 
Mexico
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29.4cm x 17.5cm x 29.7cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1990.183
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener
Rights: 
Provenance: 
(Stendahl Galleries, Hollywood); James and Florence Gruener, Cleveland, 1972
Context: 
The fa├žades and roof combs of Maya structures were frequently decorated with modeled stucco figures. This head, with its noble, rather scornful expression, is probably the portrait of a royal family member. It retains some of the original paint that once covered its surface. The heads of newborn Maya infants were pressed between boards to produce the sloping forehead considered essential for a beautiful profile.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1990.183.TIF