Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.

Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
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Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.
Mayan Stone Skull c. 650 A.D.

Intricate Details and Artistic Narrative of this

Mayan Stone Skull

 

The pre-Columbian stone skull is a rare and highly significant artifact from the Maya culture of Mesoamerica. The Maya civilization was renowned for its art, architecture, mathematics, and astronomy, and the symbolic importance of skulls in their culture cannot be overstated.

The Maya viewed death as a transition to another realm, not an end. Skulls were often incorporated into rituals, art, and offerings, symbolizing the soul’s journey beyond death. They held significant meaning for the Maya, representing death, rebirth, and transformation.

This particular stone skull is a stunning example of Maya craftsmanship. It was skillfully carved from stone, and its surface exudes a primal power. The eyes are open-worked and are integral to the large cavity underneath. The cheekbones are exaggerated, and the entire skull shows remnants of a red pigment treatment, likely cinnabar, which would have created a dramatic theatrical effect when exposed to fire and heat. This would magically produce a shiny liquid mercury skull.

Some areas of the skull appear darkened or turned black due to the high intensity of this heat. Scholars refer to this substance as Metacinnabar. The overall patina on this artifact is simply beautiful and in excellent condition, making it a true gem among Maya artifacts.

Measuring 6 inches in length, this stone skull is believed to have been created between 450 and 650 A.D. in Guatemala. It is a valuable and fascinating piece of Maya history that continues to captivate scholars and collectors alike.

Price $22,500

 


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