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Deity Figure
3rd?6th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Maya
Title: Deity Figure
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 599
Creation Date: 3rd?6th century
Creation Place: Honduras
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Jade (jadeite), cinnabar
Dimensions: H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Description: A number of small greenstone or jade figures associated with the Maya site of Copán in the Copán valley of western Honduras depict a low-relief figure with hands held to the chest in a distinctive manner, as seen here. The thumbs are visible on top of closed fists, a position that has been called "crab-clawed" and thought to indicate high or sacred status in the ancient city. A similar crab-clawed jade figure was excavated at Copán, where it was one item of a cache deposit that included flints chipped into extraordinary shapes, a brilliant orange spiny-oyster shell, and the sharp-edged spines of stingrays, all elements associated with warriors. This seated, cross-legged figure is reputed to come from the vicinity of Copán itself. Although of appropriate size for wearing about the neck, it is not perforated for suspension.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1979.206.1069
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.206.1069
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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