- Museum number
Mask made of jadeite with a series of glyphs arranged in three columns carved into the back of the head.
- Production date
Height: 14.80 centimetres
Width: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Register addition "Maya".
McEwan 1994, p.39
The wearing of portrait heads suspended from waist belts or adorning headdresses was the prerogative of members of the ruling lineage. Although this head was found near Copan, it bears an inscription on its reverse naming a lord from Palenque. It has been suggested that since the mother of Yax-Pac, the last king of Copan, was from Palenque, it is possible that she brought the belt to Copan at the time of her marriage.
- On display (G27/dc3)
- Exhibition history
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.194
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.194
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.194
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1875C1.9599 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1875C0920.1