Maya Monkey God Hacha
500 AD to 850 AD
7 1/4″ tall by 6″ wide
A superbly carved Maya hacha from Mexico in the shape of the Monkey God. He is made from a grey volcanic stone with very expressive facial features. The eyes and cheekbones indicate he is a spider monkey. The human lips and the crest on his forehead give homage to his supernatural powers.
Hachas are associated with the Meso-American ballgame. They were worn in the front section of a player’s yoke during the ceremonies before and after the actual game. They would have been attached by using the tab on the back of the piece.
The Monkey God is the patron god of the scribes and artists. He is a very important deity and also associated with the Popul Vu, which is the Maya creation story.
This piece is in as found condition, with a few scattered losses, but no repairs or restoration. A thin layer of stucco remains on most of the surface.
Ex Barry Kernerman collection from Toronto, Canada. Ex Samuel Dubiner collection, Tel Aviv, Isreal. Acquired in the 1960s and 1970s.
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