Stele H from Copán: the Ruler Eighteen Rabbit
Although the proportions, features and details of dress differ markedly, this ruler portrait bears striking similarities to those of Old Kingdom Egypt: 1) the rigid, block like vertical frontality; 2) generalized, and sometimes simplified features and body parts according to convention; and 3) the use of a red-brown pigment for the skin tone.
This is a portrait of "Eighteen Rabbit," one of the last kings of Copan before the city declined in the ninth century, the end of the classic Mayan period. Portraiture of rulers continued during the post-classic period as well.
Artform: SCULPTURE, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Maya Culture
Artist Dates: flourished c1000 BCE-900 CE
Country/Culture: Ancient Americas: Honduras
Date: c731 CE, reigned 695-735 CE
Medium: stone with paint traces
Size: height: 358.14 cm
Museum: © Davis Art Images
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