Carved Jade Boulder Depicting a Ruler

Carved Jade Boulder Depicting a Ruler

A.D. 250-600
Culture
Maya
Locale
Copan
Country
Honduras
sculpture
Jadeitic albitite
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Moses
1983.265
. Carved Jade Boulder Depicting a Ruler. A.D. 250-600. Jadeitic albitite. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Moses. 1983.265.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm; width: 4.875 in, 12.3825 cm; depth: 1.625 in, 4.1275 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Seated Ruler
Maya
About A.D. 250–500
Honduras, Guatemala, or Belize
Jade (jadeitic albitite)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raphael J. Moses, 1983.265

Carved from a large, irregularly shaped jade pebble, this carving depicts a Maya ruler who sits cross legged, with curved hands raised in front of his chest.  Emblems of rank include a belt with crossed bands and a disk, a beaded necklace with a shell pendant, and large circular ear ornaments.

Stylistically similar carved jades have been excavated from burials and dedicatory caches at the site of Cópan, in Honduras.  This carving may have come from a similar context in the eastern part of the Maya territory: Belize, Guatemala or Honduras.