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Art of the Ancient Americas
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Maker: Unknown

Warrior with Facial Decoration

A.D. 600–900

Ceramic with pigment

18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.)
19 × 9 × 9.5 cm (7 1/2 × 3 9/16 × 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.
Geography: 
Mexico
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Mexico, probably Campeche, Jaina Island, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Possibly Stable Gallery, New York, February 17, 1956 or possibly Alfred Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, March 1, 1957; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 7, 134–35, no. 298, color image on p. 7, ill.

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

“New Acquisitions Issue,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 24, no. 1 (April 1958): 23, 25, fig. 11.

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