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Pre-Columbian, Jaina Island, Mexico, Maya, ca. 600 to 950 CE. A mold-made sculpture in the form of an elite Mayan seated lord donning an elaborate headdress upon his coiffure - his fancy hairstyle comprised of a fringe of bangs and a pronounced twist of hair above, large round earspools, a grand shell-shaped pectoral, and a loin cloth. The visage of this figure is quite mesmerizing, with deep-set eyes, a long aquiline nose, slightly parted lips, and when one looks closely, intricate scarification marks or tattoos that appear to depict a pair of symmetrically delineated pipes with plumes of smoke spiraling upon the cheeks. A superb example with nice remains of sky blue and cloud white pigment gracing the surface. Size: 7.25" H (18.4 cm)

Jaina Island, a small limestone island on the Yucatan Peninsula's Gulf coast with only a tiny inlet separating it from the mainland, served as an elite Maya burial site and is notable for its fine ceramic figurines including this example. For a very similar example - quite possibly representing the same individual with nearly exact facial tattoing of the face, same same fillet headband and similar pectoral, see Christies November 2004, lot 293 with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 and hammer price of $13,200.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated; if purchased, you will receive a report confirming its age.

Provenance: ex-Hambrick collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired in the 1980's by family descent

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Tiny TL hole on back side. Missing one foot. Losses to waist band and tie of loin cloth and left twist of coiffure. Head was reattached. Normal surface wear with pigment loss, but nice traces of blue and white pigment remain.

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Mayan Jaina Terracotta Seated Lord - TL Tested

Estimate $10,000 - $15,000May 10, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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