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Art of the Ancient Americas
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Artist: Unknown

Bone Carved with a Male Figure and an Inscription

A.D. 750–1000

Human bone

12 in. (30.5 cm) approximate
Purchased with a gift from Frederick R. Mayer, B.A. 1950, and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
1991.130.1
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Mexico, Northern Yucatan or Jaina Island, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Collected in the 1950's by Charles Olsen; purchased by Hurst Gallery in 1982.

Bibliography: 

Herbert J. Spinden, A Study of Maya Art: Its Subject Matter and Historical Development (Cambridge, Mass.: Dover Publications, 1913), 56–58, 150–151.

“Acquisitions 1991,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1992): 163.

Adam Herring, “After Life: A Carved Maya Bone from Xcalumkin,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 48–50, fig. 1a–b, 2.

Michael D. Coe, The Maya, 6th ed. (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002), fig. 64, 66.

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.