MAYAN PAINTED PLATE
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550 - 950
painted in orange, white and black against the rich red ground the receptacle with highly distinctive iconography and glyphic text depicting a lord seated in an erect pose on a portable chair decorated with a spotted jaguar pelt, and cotton streamers at the back, his head tilted back, wearing a heavily plumed spangled war helmet adorned with an obsidian disk, a multi-layered waist band with jade plaques, adorned with two large obsidian mirrors, a stiff braided white collar and elaborate jade jewelry, a white disk before his nose and a black spot on his cheek an indication that the nobleman has journeyed into the Underworld, a plumed medicine bag suspended from his right arm and a flaring staff held in the left hand, the lord's name and title appear in a short vertical glyph band in front of his face, framed with a ring of sun, sky symbols and a composite of wild turkey feathers and flowers, the sides decorated with thatched temples and four plumed serpents, some holding human heads in their jaws, one head wears the 'trapeze' headdress usually associated with 'war' in the iconography of Teotihuacan, another such device floats between the temples, the flattened rim of the vessel is painted with a very long series of thirty-eight black and white glyphs seemingly the Primary Standard Sequence with multiple lordly names and titles.
Diameter 16 1/2 in. (42 cm.)