University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Julia A. Hendon

In the House

Maya Nobility and Their Figurine-Whistles

By: Julia A. Hendon

Unspeakable dignity isolates the diminutive nobleman. Dominating the shelf, his regnant nature ignores the bric-a-brac obstructing his view. With arms folded and head imperially lifted, he waits cross-legged for the next petitioner. Thus Evan Connell in his Novel, The Connoisseut describes a Precolumbian Maya clay figurine sitting in the win­dow of an antique shop. I […]