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plaque depicting a Mayan priest
  • Mexico
  • plaque depicting a Mayan priest, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, metal, enamel
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 17 x 1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 11/16 x 6 11/16 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6993

The small black rectangular plaque has a gold colored metal design, overpainted with colors. The scene depicts a male figure, identified as a Mayan priest, standing on a platform. The figure is wearing a headdress with green and yellow feathers. He is bare chested, wears a large gold necklace, green wrsit and ankle bands, and a white skirt-like garment. His right hand is holding a human head. He stands on a gold colored platform with a human skull and an animal skull in white and a fearsome looking green animal head at either end. Green animal feet appear as the base of the platform.