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Male Face, c. A.D. 700–900

Ancient American

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.


(John A. Stokes, New York);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.

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