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Jar with Ancient Deity (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
circa 500–700
Artist
Unknown Guatemalan Artist (Guatemalan, Mexican border region, Maya culture)
Dimensions
5 1/4 inches (13.3 centimeters)
Medium
Ceramic, Pottery

Credit

Gift of the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund

Culture
Ancient American

Key Ideas about this Work of Art

  • This head-shaped jar is made from clay. Lines are incised, or carved, into the surface of the clay to create the appearance of wrinkles. This object has a rough texture. 
  • It was originally painted, and traces of the paint remain on the ears, eyes, hair, and beard.
  • The jar may depict the Maya god D, the name scholars give to the god Itzamna. This god is associated with creation, writing, and wisdom.

Learn More

This vessel is modeled from clay, in the form of a human head. The front of it is a face covered with wrinkles, and the mouth is toothless. It was once painted with several colors. The paint has faded, but there are traces of paint on both eyes (red), on the ears (blue), and in the beard and hair (white). This object may represent an older adult or the Maya god D.

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  • A clay jar with a wrinkled human face.

    Jar with Ancient Deity

  • A clay jar with a wrinkled human face.

    Jar with Ancient Deity

  • A clay jar with a wrinkled human face.

    Jar with Ancient Deity

  • A clay jar with a wrinkled human face.

    Jar with Ancient Deity

  • A clay jar with a wrinkled human face.

    Jar with Ancient Deity

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