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Standing Warrior

A.D. 600–900

Ceramic

19 x 9 x 9.5 cm (7 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 3 3/4 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
1958.15.11

This man has wrapped a snake around his neck as the final layer to a potent war costume. He wears a hip cloth, loincloth, and shell noisemakers at his waist. Like other warriors, he wears flaps that drape as if they were unsewn sleeves; his left cheek bears the marking of the Jester God, a symbol of the royal family. He once carried a shield and spear in his hands.

Culture: 
Mexico, Maya, Jaina Island or Campeche
Period: 
Late Classic
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 318, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 166–67, fig. 165.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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