Early Maya (1800 B.C. to A.D. 250) - Temple Illuminatus
Maya fertility offering. This beautifully crafted piece shows the great skill of Maya sculptors, who were the best in all Mesoamerica. Small and very realistic, the work above clearly represents a woman of high status, and may have been modeled from a real person. Her headdress includes a jaguar, a symbol of great power. In some Maya city-states such as Palenque, women could become rulers.
Early Classic, Maya Stela, A.D. 300–500 Limestone h. 83.8 cm., w. 37.7 cm., d. 9.4 cm. (33 x 14 13/16 x 3 11/16 in.) Place made: Maya area