Male Face

Male Face is stucco head carved in high relief. the face has the high-bridged nose characteristic of the Maya, as well as shallow eye sockets and irregular feaatures.
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.