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MAYAN SEATED AGED MALE FIGURE
JAINA, LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550-950
The hunchback seated with legs crossed and holding a drinking cup to his lips, thin left hand grasping the projecting chest, the portrait-like face marked by sunken cheeks and furrowed brow, wearing loincloth, shell pectoral and coiled headband, with faint remains of white pigment.
Mayan lords sought the company and the advice of dwarves and hunchbacks, who were considered to be wise as well as entertaining. at times they were the king's closest and most trusted counselors, a concept probably based on religious belief, that the Maize God surrounded himself with such companions.