Carved Jade Boulder Depicting a Ruler
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.