Maya

CUP (CYLINDER VASE)

Slip-decorated earthenware with painted designs, 20.3 cm tall 
Maya, possibly Late Classic Maya Period, ca. 700-800 
Peten, Guatemala, Central America 
Museum Purchase, Boyer Fund 
LMA 7196

Among the many painted designs are glyphs and anthropomorphic figures of a jaguar, a deer and a "death figure".


BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 6674

Large vessels such as this may have been used to hold pulque, a fermented ceremonial drink made from agave cactus and still important in Mexico.


BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 6674

A detail of the vessel reveals that the underlying colors were glazed into the pot, and later detailing was added by incising lines into the surface.


PLUMBATE BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Not numbered

Effigy vessels such as this plumbate bowl represent a late trend in pre-Hispanic Maya art. These bowls were fired at unusually high tempratures and had a high iron content, resulting in the uneven surface color. This probably represents the poison dart frog.


PLUMBATE BOWL

Ceramic 
Toltec 
Yucatan(?), Central America 
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 6614

This figure represents an opossum, which, as the only New World marsupial, had a special place in the mythology of Mesoamerica.


TIKAL DANCER BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 7275 


BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 9429


BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya 
Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 9434


BOWL

Ceramic 
Maya-influenced 
Veracruz, Central America 
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 7275

This pot, though found in the Veracruz region, displays many classic Maya painting techniques. Compare the monkey figure with those on the Mayan body stamps further down the page.


RITUAL SCENE

Painted earthenware
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico, Central America 
Boyer Fund Acquisition
LMA 7250

The Mayan complex on the island of Jaina seems to have served as a necropolis for the elite of the mainland. A tremendous number of burials and figures has provided a broad variety of figures.

These figures appear to be guarding the entrance to a tomb.


BALL PLAYER

Painted earthenware 
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico
Boyer Fund Purchase 
LMA 7249

This figure represents a ballplayer. Ballplaying often had ritual connotations.


MAN WITH BIRD HEADRESS

Painted earthenware, 19 cm tall 
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico 
Museum Purchase 
LMA 5902

Interestingly, nearly all of these figurines contain a whistle of some sort, not as an instrument but to serve some ritual or magical purpose.


MAN WITH SHIELD

Painted earthenware
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico
Boyer Fund Acquisition
LMA 6625 


MAN WITH BIRD HEADRESS

Painted earthenware
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico
Boyer Fund Acquisition
LMA 6591 


MAN WITH MONKEY HEADRESS

Painted earthenware 
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico
Boyer Fund Acquisition
LMA 7100 


MAN WITH MONKEY MASK

Painted earthenware
Maya 
Jaina Island, Mexico
Museum Purchase 
LMA 6628 


JADEITE NECKLACE

Jadeite beads 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 8746/4


JADEITE NECKLACE

Jadeite beads 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 8490/5


JADEITE NECKLACE

Jadeite beads and pendant, spondylus shell 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 9189


OBSIDIAN FLAKE

Carved obsidian
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
LMA 16034

The carved figure on this stone flake is Kawil.


JADEITE PENDANT

Jadeite 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 8497/5


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 5864/4

Ceramic stamps or seals have been found throughout Central America, generally dating to the period of Maya expansion and therefore are considered here to be Mayan.


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
LMA 3883/9

Stamps similar to this one have been found in the Guerrero region, on the western side of Mexico.


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 3883/7


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 5878/1

The dancing monkey motif is common with the Maya, and can also be seen on one of our Maya-influenced bowls from the Veracruz region.


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 3883/1


BODY STAMP

Ceramic 
Maya 
Mexico, Central America 
Herbert S. and Sonia Bleeker Zim Collection 
LMA 3883/13