Warfare

Jaina warriorJaina warriorAncient Maya (Jaina, Mexico), n.d.
Clay, paint, 26.0 cm
Mayavase K2876
© Justin Kerr
Jaina warriorJaina warriorAncient Maya (Jaina, Mexico), n.d.
Clay, 20.5 cm
Mayavase K8566
© Justin Kerr
Jaina warriorJaina warriorAncient Maya (Jaina, Mexico), n.d.
Clay
Mayavase 198c
© Justin Kerr
Jaina warriorJaina warriorJaina warrior

Warfare was universal in the Maya kingdoms. The warriors displayed here represent an intense dimension of the Maya world. Artisans mastered the depiction of the figures’ anatomy and clothing, and moments of fierce competition. Each warrior stands as if taking a breath of life from his ni’ (nose), clothed in elaborate combat attire, and striking a lifelike pose—ready to battle. Not only is realism reflected in the winklil, but it is also apparent on the body as feathers, cloth, and accessories.

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