Bone Carved with a Male Figure and an Inscription Artist: Unknown


Human bone


12 in. (30.5 cm) approximate

Credit Line

Purchased with a gift from Frederick R. Mayer, B.A. 1950, and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number



Late Classic Period


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Collected in the 1950's by Charles Olsen; purchased by Hurst Gallery in 1982.
  • Michael D. Coe, The Maya, 6th ed. (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002), fig. 64, 66
  • Adam Herring, "After Life: A Carved Maya Bone from Xcalumkin," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96), 48–50, fig. 1a–b, 2
  • "Acquisitions 1991," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1992), 163
  • Herbert J. Spinden, A Study of Maya Art: Its Subject Matter and Historical Development (Cambridge, Mass.: Dover Publications, 1913), 56–58, 150–151
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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), sculptures

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