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Mosaic Mask

Mosaic Mask

  • Maya, Late Postclassic
  • 1200-1520 CE
  • 13.7 x 13.3 x 8.3  (5.4 x 5.3 x 3.3), 182
  • wood and stone
  • PC.B.557
  • Currently on view


Alcina Franch, José 1979 Die Kunst Des Alten Amerika. Grosse Epochen Der Weltkunst. Ars Antiqua. Herder, Freiburg. fig. 278.

Chiappelli, Fredi, Michael J. B.  Allen and Robert L. Benson 1976 First Images of America: The Impact of the New World on the Old.  1. University of California Press, Berkeley. p. 458-460, fig. 33-34 "Mexican mask".

Dumbarton Oaks. 1969 Supplement to the Handbook of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Dumbarton Oaks Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D. C., p. 14, cat. 449.

Gallenkamp, Charles 1976 Maya, the Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization.  Rev. and expanded ed. D. McKay Co., New York. plate between pp. 128, 129.

Gallenkamp, Charles 1981 Maya, the Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization. Penguin Books, New York. plate between pp. 86, 87.

Gallenkamp, Charles 1985 Maya, the Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization.  3rd rev. ed. Viking, New York, N.Y., pl. 112.

Izeki, Mutsumi 2008 Conceptualization of 'Xihuitl': History, Environment and Cultural Dynamics in Postclassic Mexica Cognition. Bar International Series; 1863. Archaeopress : Available from Hadrian Books, Oxford, England. p. 132, cat. 1.1.33.

McEwan, Colin, Andrew Middleton, Caroline Cartwright and Rebecca Stacey 2006 Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico. The British Museum Press, London. p. 18, fig. 14.

Meyer, Karl Ernest 1973 The Plundered Past.  [1st ] ed. Atheneum, New York,. p. 12-21.

Randel, Walter 1966 Master in the Art News. Art News November:20. p. 20.

Sharp, Rosemary 1981 Chacs and Chiefs: The Iconology of Mosaic Stone Sculpture in Pre-Conquest Yucatán, Mexico. Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, 24. Dumbarton Oaks Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C., p. 30, fig. 22.

Thompson, J. Eric S. 1975 Grolier Codex. In Studies in Ancient Mesoamerica, John A. Graham, ed., pp. 1-9. vol. 2. University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, Berkeley. p. 1.

Von Winning, Hasso 1968 Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America. H.N. Abrams, New York. pl. 333.

Exhibition History

"Trade and Artistry: Making a Maya Mosaic Mask", Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, 10/ 7 - 11/15, 2010.

"All Sides Considered: New Research on the Maya Collection:, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, 09/08/12 - 06/02/13.

"75 Years/75 Objects", Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, 09/08/2015 - 05/22/2016

"Permanent exhibit", Dumbarton Oaks, 1966  -

Acquisition History

Formerly in the collection of Mr. Josué Sáenz, Mexico (collector), 1966.

Purchased from Alphonse Jax, New York (dealer), by Dumbarton Oaks, 1966.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Pre-Columbian Collection, Washington, DC.

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