Warrior with Facial Decoration Maker: Unknown

A.D. 600–900

Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas

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.


Ceramic with pigment


7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
7 1/2 × 3 9/16 × 3 3/4 in. (19 × 9 × 9.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of the Olsen Foundation

Accession Number



Late Classic Period


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 records is ongoing.



Stable Gallery, New York, February 17, 28, 1956 ; 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.
  • 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
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 318, ill
  • 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
  • "New Acquisitions Issue," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 24, no. 1 (April 1958), 23, 25, fig. 11
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human figures (visual works), sculptures

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