Human effigy incense burner top
54.61 cm (21 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: black, red and white slip paint
Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)
A seated male figure, likely a Maya ruler, wears a zoomorphic headdress surmounted by a cartouche in which originally was painted his name (now eroded). He wears a large pectoral depicting a human face, which may represent the Maize god, and holds a human heart in his hands. Suspended from his nose is a crossed-bands and triangle icon. His body is painted black (now mostly eroded). See 1988.1226a and 1988.1228a for nearly identical objects.