Mexico or Guatemala, Usumacinta River region, Maya style (250-900) / Panel with Royal Woman / c. 795Mexico or Guatemala, Usumacinta River region, Maya style (250-900)
Panel with Royal Woman
c. 795

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico or Guatemala, Usumacinta River region, Maya style (250-900)
Title: Panel with Royal Woman
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 750
Creation End Date: 850
Creation Date: c. 795
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Limestone
Dimensions: Overall: 60.4cm x 69.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1962.32
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Style or Period: Mexico or Guatemala, Usumacinta River region, Maya style (250-900)

The Maya devoted much stone sculpture to royal portraits, usually of men. The museum is fortunate to have two reliefs that feature noble women-this one and another, much larger, in the main corridor to your left, across from the entrance to the Asian Art galleries.

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 whose traits are a serpent leg and grotesque head with a smoking torch above its brow (known today as God K). Further 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 hieroglyphic text refers to an undefined ritual that the woman completed in AD 795. We do not know whether she was a ruler or a ruler's wife or mother. Her face was deliberately damaged, perhaps in antiquity.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1962.32
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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