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.