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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Guatemalan
Creator Dates/Places: Guatemala
Creator Active Place: Guatemala
Creator Name-CRT: Guatemala, Peten, Tikel Region, Maya
Title: Young Ruler
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 350
Creation End Date: 450
Creation Date: c. 350-450
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Pottery
Dimensions: Overall: 59cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1994.12.2
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Context: These sculptures were originally placed atop hour-glass shaped vessels that probably contained incense or offerings. Made as a pair, the figures portray a young Maya prince or ruler, and his supernatural patron. The ruler wears a kilt, jade jewelry, and an elaborate headdress. He once held in one hand a brush or stylus, poised over plant fronds draped across his other hand.The second figure's grotesque face, oval body markings, and serpent-shaped tail identify him as a supernatural. In contrast to the ruler's calm expression and upright pose, the deity crouches avidly over a small mask or head. He, too, held a brush or implement, in a gesture echoing that of the young ruler. The head scrutinized by the deity has a projecting forelock similar to that of the ruler. In turn, the young man's headdress resembles the god's face. These features suggest a special relationship between Maya royalty and the gods.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1994.12.2
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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