Mayan Native Art Photos

The Mayan civilization (preclassical 2000BCE-250AD & classical period 250-900) lived in what is now Eastern Mexico and Guatemala. These people are noted for cities with pyramids built in jungles. This page features Mayan painted pottery and carved rock sculptures.

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Mayan burial urns at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan burial urn at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan earthenware incense burners in shape of people from Tikal-area of Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan earthenware incense burner with face of nobleman from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Mayan burial urns at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan burial urn at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan earthenware incense burners in shape of people (400-440) from Tikal-area of Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Mayan earthenware incense burner with face of nobleman (c600-800) from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Mayan earthenware portrait of nobleman from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mayan conch shell trumpet engraved with cinnabar from Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Pottery Mayan figure at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Ceramic vase in form of monkey from Maya Guatemala at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Mayan earthenware portrait of nobleman (c700) from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mayan conch shell trumpet engraved with cinnabar (250-400) from Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Pottery Mayan figure at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Ceramic vase (100-300) in form of monkey from Maya Guatemala at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Mayan ceramic painted vessel from Holmul, Guatemala at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Maya culture terracotta lidded bowl with water bird fishing from Campeche, Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Early Classic Maya covered vessel with Principal Bird & Peccary Heads from Petén region, Guatemala at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Classical Mayan parrot vessel found at Holmul at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Mayan ceramic painted vessel (150-250) from Holmul, Guatemala at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Maya culture terracotta lidded bowl with water bird fishing (200-600) from Campeche, Mexico, at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Early Classic Maya covered vessel with Principal Bird & Peccary Heads (200-300) from Petén region, Guatemala at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Classical Mayan parrot vessel found at Holmul at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Mayan earthenware lidded vessel from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mayan ceramic tripod vessel with lid from Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome jar painted with creator deity from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan ceramic polychrome painted plate from Holmul, Guatemala at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Mayan earthenware lidded vessel (c400) from Guatemala at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mayan ceramic tripod vessel with lid (400-500) from Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome jar painted with creator deity (500-700CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan ceramic polychrome painted plate (500-800) from Holmul, Guatemala at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Mayan ceramic rabbit bowl from Campeche, Mexico at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Mayan ceramic plate painted with maize god from Guatemala at LA County Natural History Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome tripod plate painted with figure with headdress from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan earthenware vessels from Mexico or Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Mayan ceramic rabbit bowl (550-950) from Campeche, Mexico at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Mayan ceramic plate painted with maize god (600-900) from Guatemala at LA County Natural History Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome tripod plate painted with figure with headdress (600-700CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan earthenware vessels (600-800) from Mexico or Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Mayan earthenware platter with serpent motif from Campeche, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Maya culture terracotta beaker with dancing death figures from Guatemala at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Mayan pottery vase of two young lords from Campeche, Mexico at Utah Museum of Fine Art. Salt Lake City, UT.Mayan pottery bowl with glyphs from Petén, Guatemala at Utah Museum of Fine Art. Salt Lake City, UT.
Mayan earthenware platter with serpent motif (c700-900) from Campeche, Mexico at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Maya culture terracotta beaker with dancing death figures (600-900) from Guatemala at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Mayan pottery vase of two young lords (600-900) from Campeche, Mexico at Utah Museum of Fine Art. Salt Lake City, UT.Mayan pottery bowl with glyphs (600-900) from Petén, Guatemala at Utah Museum of Fine Art. Salt Lake City, UT.
Late Classic Mayan ceramic vessel painted with palace scene from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic vessel painted with accession ceremony from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome vessel painted with court scenes from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan decorated vessels from Mexico & Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.
Late Classic Mayan ceramic vessel painted with palace scene (650-900CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic vessel painted with accession ceremony (650-900CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Late Classic Mayan ceramic polychrome vessel painted with court scenes (650-900CE) from Mexico at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan decorated vessels (c700-800) from Mexico & Guatemala at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.
Maya carved stone head of Pax god from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Three Maya censers from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya lidded jaguar vessel from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya lidded jaguar jar with seated figure from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya carved stone head of Pax god (500 BCE-1 CE) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Three Maya censers (259-550) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya lidded jaguar vessel (300-500) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya lidded jaguar jar with seated figure (300-500) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya basal-flanged lidded vessel at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya burial urn or cache vessel from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware two-part vessel of Old Fire God from Honduras at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware incense burner from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya basal-flanged lidded vessel (4th-6th C) at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya burial urn or cache vessel (400-600) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware two-part vessel of Old Fire God (600-800) from Honduras at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware incense burner (600-900) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware figures from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya shell ornament with two kneeling prisoners from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya ceramic tripod vessel from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware cylinder vase with dancing Maize God from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware figures (600-900) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya shell ornament with two kneeling prisoners (600-900) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya ceramic tripod vessel (600-900) from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware cylinder vase with dancing Maize God (600-900) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware plate with Maize God from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware bowl with glyphs from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware plate with monkey & cacao pods from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware vase with God N & female figure from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware plate with Maize God (600-900) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware bowl with glyphs (7th-9th C) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware plate with monkey & cacao pods (7th-10th C) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware vase with God N & female figure (7th-10th C) from Mexico or Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware vase with figures in headdresses from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya limestone stela with Queen Ix Mutal Ahaw from Mexico, Guatemala or Belize at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware vase or incense burner as dog carrying spike vessel from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware urn in form of Chahk, the Rain God from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware vase with figures in headdresses (8th C) from Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya limestone stela with Queen Ix Mutal Ahaw (761) from Mexico, Guatemala or Belize at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware vase or incense burner as dog carrying spike vessel (10th-13th C) from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya earthenware urn in form of Chahk, the Rain God (12th-14th C) from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Maya earthenware effigy in form of Sun God from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic head vase from Maya Guatemala at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Acrobat jade pendant from Maya Guatemala or Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Collection of Mayan ballgame sculpted stones at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Maya earthenware effigy in form of Sun God (12th-14th C) from Guatemala at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ceramic head vase (600-900) from Maya Guatemala at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Acrobat jade pendant (500-900) from Maya Guatemala or Mexico at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Collection of Mayan ballgame sculpted stones (aka hachas) at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC. On National Register.
Mayan ballgame sculpted stone head at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan stone human head with animal head helmet effigy at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mayan stone effigy of human face with human-like creature above at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Lord Itzam K'an Ahk II limestone stela from Petén, Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.
Mayan ballgame sculpted stone head (aka hachas) at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Mayan stone human head with animal head helmet effigy (600-800) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mayan stone effigy (600-800) of human face with human-like creature above at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Lord Itzam K'an Ahk II limestone stela (731) from Petén, Guatemala at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.
Carved Mayan altar Q from Copan, Honduras at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Presentation of Captives to a Maya Ruler limestone stele from Mexico at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Gallery of Mayan carved monoliths from Copan, Honduras at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mayan ceremonial stone yokes mimic protective padding worn by ballgame players at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Carved Mayan altar Q (775) from Copan, Honduras at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Presentation of Captives to a Maya Ruler limestone stele (c785) from Mexico at Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, TX.Gallery of Mayan carved monoliths from Copan, Honduras at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mayan ceremonial stone yokes mimic protective padding worn by ballgame players at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Carved stone commemorative ballgame yoke from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved stone Hacha from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya carved stone commemorative ballgame yoke from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Mayan huipil garments from Guatemala at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.
Carved stone commemorative ballgame yoke (750-1000) from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved stone Hacha (piece used in ballgames) (750-900) from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Maya carved stone commemorative ballgame yoke (c100) from Veracruz, Mexico at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Mayan huipil garments from Guatemala at Museo de las Americas. Denver, CO.
Pyramid of Kukulkán or El Castillo as seen from Ball Court in Chichén Itzá. Mexico.Chac-mool in Temple of Warriors has bowl on tummy to hold sacrificed body parts at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.Sacrificial altar in Temple of Warriors at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.Two large stone serpents guard Temple of Warriors at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.
Pyramid of Kukulkán or El Castillo as seen from Ball Court in Chichén Itzá. Mexico. Chac-mool in Temple of Warriors has bowl on tummy to hold sacrificed body parts at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.Sacrificial altar in Temple of Warriors at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.Two large stone serpents guard Temple of Warriors at Chichén Itzá. Mexico.
Detail of double-headed jaguar at Uxmal. Mexico.Temple of Magician, a smaller copy of Governor's Palace, in Uxmal. Mexico.Rattlesnake sculpture in Uxmal winds its way around a building in Nunnery Quadrant & finds its tail again. Mexico.
Detail of double-headed jaguar at Uxmal. Mexico.Temple of Magician, a smaller copy of Governor's Palace, in Uxmal. Mexico. Rattlesnake sculpture in Uxmal winds its way around a building in Nunnery Quadrant & finds its tail again. Mexico.

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