Fine Maya Figure of a Lord, Jaina Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950
- Height: 11 3/8 in (28.9 cm)
Sotheby's, May 12, 1983, lot 25, consigned by the above
Private Virginia collection, acquired from the above auction
Sotheby's, New York, May 2, 1990, lot 109, consigned by the above
Charlottesville, The Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, 1983
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This sculpture is one of a small group of seated figures exceptional for their compelling, poignant expressions. It is possible this nobleman is the same individual shown in a similarly relaxed posture on a rectangular throne with both hands resting on the edge (Groth Kimball 1960: pgs. 5, 6). These aged wise men share the distinctive nose and contemplative expression. The kilt and loincloth of the subject figure has a finely stepped hem, also seen in a modified form on the figure cited above. This stepped-hem kilt may be the same type worn by the seated ah k'u hun, or scribe on the small polychrome vase in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (see mayavase.com, K4338).
For other figures seated on thrones or benches, one on a rounded effigy throne in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see mayavase.com/portfolio, K 5787. For three examples of elites seated on rectangular thrones, see Schele and Miller (1986: colorplates 3 and 4), and Coe (1973: Fig. 80) for a figure exhibited at the Grolier Club in 1973.