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Maya Standing Governor Figure

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The Mysterious Jaina Island of the Maya


Jaina Island is a pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site in the present-day Mexican state of Campeche on the Yucatán Peninsula's Gulf coast. It is a small limestone island with only a tidal inlet separating it from the mainland. During the span of the Maya civilization, Jaina served as an elite Maya burial site. The location is notable for the number of fine ceramic figurines excavated there. Since the location was reserved for the elite, figures excavated at the site often depict Maya governors, wealthy merchants and notable Maya warriors that were distinguished in battle.

Within each grave, the human remains are accompanied by glassware, slate ware, or pottery as well as one or more ceramic figurines, usually resting on the occupant's chest or held in their hands.

The name of this island probably comes from the Yucatan Maya phrase hail na, or “watery house”. Its western location may have been tied to the setting sun, and therefore associated with death.

Product Description

Museum Quality unique piece, only 1 available. Hand made in Mexico. Jaina de Campeche Island. As with intricate hand made pottery objects, slight imperfections exist. 11.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 2" depth, weight = 2 lbs.

Figure of standing Maya governor wearing jaguar headress making a ritual offering.

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