Maya fertility offering. This beautifully crafted piece shows the great skill of Maya sculptors, who were the best in all Mesoamerica. Small and very realistic, the work above clearly represents a woman of high status, and may have been modeled from a real person. Her headdress includes a jaguar, a symbol of great power. In some Maya city-states such as Palenque, women could become rulers.
Justin Kerr image: Image: 6000 File date: 2001-02-12 Caption: Jaina Weaver Description: Maya. Jaina. clay with traces of blue paint. height 19.8 cm. Ixchel, the goddess of weaving sits at her back strap loom with birds perched on her shoulder.