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Figure of a Standing Warrior

A work made of ceramic with pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic with pigment.




Late Classic Maya, Jaina
Campeche or Yucatán, Mexico

About this artwork

The costume and equipment of this figure indicate that he represents a warrior. He carries a rectangular shield and a long wooden spear (now lost), and the detailed attention given to the intricate headdress and facial features—marked by scarification, tattoos, and paint—suggests the portrait of a specific military commander.


On View, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas




Figure of a Standing Warrior


Yucatan Peninsula (Object made in)

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650 CE–800 CE


Ceramic with pigment


H.: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.)

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African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund, Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

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