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Eccentric, ceremonial sceptre representing a dignitary - Maya
Eccentric, ceremonial sceptre representing a dignitary - Maya - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 84200
17 000 €
Period :
BC to 10th century
Provenance :
MAYA - Mexico, 550 - 950 A.D.
Medium :
Grey-beige silex
Dimensions :
l. 2.48 inch X H. 6.22 inch X P. 0.35 inch
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Eccentric, ceremonial sceptre representing a dignitary - Maya

Condition: Good condition
Object sold with a certificate of authenticity

Called "eccentric" because of their astonishing shape, they were found buried as offerings to the deceased or in votive caches at the foot of steles or staircases. Apparently devoid of any practical use, they most probably had a ritual role.

This symbolic function seems to be attested by the effigy on our sceptre. Although this object is particularly abstract, we can make out the silhouette of a dignitary and his face with a pointed nose and a mouth in front. The figure is adorned with a headdress, probably made of feathers. Another set of jewellery can be seen on his back. Under the face, the arm is raised towards the mouth. The legs are represented by the point of a flint. The narrowness of the base suggests that this sceptre could have been fixed to a support, probably made of wood, and held up during processions and ceremonies by priests and kings.

Eccentrics take many forms. Among the most sophisticated specimens, representing human effigies, is often the god K'awiil, also called the K-god, associated with dynastic royalty and continuity, as well as with lightning.

He is recognisable by his muzzle and a frontal appendage generally interpreted by specialists as a representation of a torch or an axe, from which flames or smoke emanate.

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