Fine Mayan Pair of Fine Molded Ceramic Figures (2)


8988. Fine Mayan Pair of Fine Molded Ceramic Figures (2)

Jaina Island, Yucatan, Mexico. Ca. 600-900 A.D.

This pair of contemplative warrior figures are replicas of one another and bear a solemn, imperturbable presence. They would have been used as part of a personal shrine in which the worshipper believed that he was channeling the psychic qualities and traits of the warrior archetype. There is a small, mysterious dwarf or attendant figure to the lower left of each warrior, signifying a helper who bears some type of assistance. Slight traces of white surface pigment. Size: 7-3/4 inches H. each. + custom mounts. ,Provenance: Ex. private Florida collection, acquired in the 1960s. A similar figure appears in Pre-Columbian Art: The Morton D May and the St Louis Museum Collections, by Lee A. Parsons, 1980, p.198, plate 304.

The warrior’s elaborate costumes, which include large, ornate headdresses, textile robes, and imposing necklaces, likely meant to depict gold, are all signs of stature and importance, and indicate that these warriors represent shamans or other high ranking personages. These hollow pottery figures were each made from the same half-section mold, which would have been made of two slabs of clay that were split in half to reveal the finished sculpture. The two figures possess a beautiful natural color variance in the tans and browns on their surfaces, which originally would have been identical in color due to the use of the same clay. This type of color striation and variance can only occur with long amounts of time and reveals the warriors’ ancient nature


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