Warrior figure with mask and shield

Photo: Susan Dirk

Warrior figure with mask and shield

ca. 600 - 900

Many thousands of sculpted clay figures like this one were interred in noble burials along the Campeche coast and on Jaina Island. These record the people of their time, creating realistic portraits of the Maya people and illustrating aspects of their society.
10 5/16 (26.23 cm) x 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: [André Emmerich Gallery, New York], by 1970; purchased from gallery by John H. Hauberg (1916-2002), Seattle, Washington, 1970; to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 1981
Photo: Susan Dirk
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art of the Ancient Americas, July 10, 1999 - May 11, 2003.

Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, San Francisco, Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya, Apr. 4 - July 25, 2004 (San Francisco, California, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Sept. 4, 2004 - Jan. 2, 2005).

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Cosmic Beings in Mesoamerican and Andean Art, Nov. 10, 2018 - ongoing.
Published ReferencesMiller, Mary. "Art of Oceania, Mesoamerica, and the Andes." In Selected Works, pp. 59-64. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1991; p. 62, reproduced (as Standing Warrior Figure with Jaguar Mask).

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