Male Face

Mexico, Chiapas, Maya culture
Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900)
c. A.D. 700–900
Stucco with traces of paint
10 1/4 x 8 15/16 x 6 1/2 in. (26 x 22.7 x 16.5 cm)
AP 1971.05
Currently Not On View
Modeled in high relief, this stucco head was originally an architectural ornament for a state ceremonial building. Probably the portrait of an important official, the face has the high-bridged nose characteristic of the Maya, as well as shallow eye sockets and irregular features. Traces of brown and red pigment indicate that the rough stone was covered originally with a smooth plaster finish before being painted.

Provenance

(John A. Stokes, New York); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.