Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Photos of Jaina Figurines from the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico

Apologies for yada, yada, yada,... not posting sooner, crappy photos,...yada, yada, yada...

Jaina Island-style figurines. Late Classic period. Presumably from the State of Campeche.

Feel free to use for non-profit educational purposes with proper attribution to the photographer (me). Any publication or other uses require explicit written approval from the photographer (still me).


Seated woman in a strapless (?) dress or huipil.

Seated woman in a strapless (?) dress or huipil. Alternate view.


Male (?) head--a fragment of a larger figurine--wearing an interesting headdress. Nice ear spool!
Seated male figure with an elaborate headdress, a pectoral (perhaps a mirror), and ear spools.
Seated male figure with an elaborate headdress, a shell pectoral, and ear spools. Note the facial tattooing or scarification.
Standing male figure with a really elaborate headdress, a pectoral, and ear spools
Standing female figure with backrack (?).

Standing female figure with elaborate headdress or coiffure. Style is a little crude and blocky for Jaina.

Standing female figure with prominent necklace, wide mosaic wristlets, and ear spools.Some kind of unidentified bag or net hangs from her hands. The angles and planes of the composition are a little unusual but very consistently executed, to striking effect.

Seated male figure with broad shoulders; his artificially deformed cranium is bald; he sports a distinctive goatee; he wears a massive necklace and large ear spools, not to mention the corset or bustier.

Seated female figure, grimacing. Nice hairdo and bracelets. Traces of Maya Blue paint.

Standing male figure with shield, presumably a warrior, wearing a half-mask that might be some kind of armor.

Detail of previous figure showing elaborate (paper?) headdress and partial face guard.

Standing male figure carrying a shield. Perhaps a warrior because the thick clothes might be cotton-batting armor. Possibly carrying hides or bolts or fabric. Maybe a warrior-merchant?

Standing female figure with praying hands and elaborate garments, including head scarf. Traces of red and Maya Blue paint.

Standing male figure with mustache. Wearing bird costume. 

Half-squatting, half-kneeling male figure. Fat and slightly grotesque. Rather baroque, almost rococo.
Standing warrior figure wearing cloak and animal headdress, carrying shield, and wielding spear thrower.

Standing or kneeling, partly nude male figure. Arms missing. Possibly wounded left eye, or grotesquely winking.

Second view of the previous figurine.

Third view of the previous figurine.

Seated male (?) cuddling dog.

Standing person in bird costume with winged headdress.

Standing female with elaborate clothing and pectoral.

Standing female figure carrying pouch or bag.

Standing female figure carrying fan or flyswatter. Traces of red and Maya Blue paint.

Second image of previous figurine.

Seated male figure, an artisan or possibly a scribe.

Second view of the previous figurine.

Seated female figure modeled with unusual sensitivity.

Detail of the previous figurine. Note the facial tattoos or scarification.

Standing male figure with elegant proportions.

Detail of previous figurine. Note facial tattoos or scarification.

Male figurine head with mustache

Second photograph of previous figurine head.

Third photograph of previous figurine head.

Standing female figure with polychrome paint and elaborate headdress.

Seated female figure making vivid gestures.
Detail of previous figurine.

Standing female figure with elaborate dress.


Standing female figure with elaborate dress and hairdo.

Standing female figure

Standing male figure with dramatic hat and Maya Blue cloak.

Aged, chubby, standing figure with strange Maya Blue costume.

Standing male figure with outlandish hat and facial scarification.

Standing female figure with elegant dress and head scarf.

Seated male figure with yellow and Maya Blue breech cloth.

Detail of head of the previous figurine.

Detail of the lap and heads of previous figure.

Standing fat male figure

No comments:

Post a Comment