- 650–850 CE
This majestic head of a king represents an isolated fragment from an elaborate stucco frieze that once adorned the roof-comb of a Classic Maya temple. The original scene portrayed the king seated in the sky during the culminating event of his accession to rule. In his arms, he would have cradled a double-headed serpent bar, a symbol of the ecliptic, which is the celestial path of the sun, planets, and all moving constellations.
Carol Robbins, Label text, A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.