Royal Maya Obsidian Snake Scepter

550 AD to 850 AD

13 1/4′ tall

A large Royal Maya scepter from the Classic Period. This piece is finely knapped from black obsidian, most likely sourced from Teotihuacan, in the shape of a snake. Perhaps associated with the Pre-Classic snake kingdom. It is in almost perfect condition, with a small chip on top and no repairs or restoration. The custom stand accompanies this piece.

This piece would have been a finial at the top of a scepter. It is knapped in eccentric form and is both beautiful and fantastic. An ancient marvel! A similar example sold at Sotheby’s May 15, 2017 lot 63 for $35,000 plus premium. It is now housed at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas. 

Ex Merrin Gallery 1968-1969


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