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Gorgeous Maximón from Santiago Atitlán


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Maximón or San Simon is treated like a Catholic Saint, although he hasn’t holy roots. This Mayan Deity was disguised as a Catholic Saint in order to survive the Spanish Inquisitors; some believe he represents Judas Iscariot who was sent back to Earth to perform good acts and wash away his sins. Guatemalans offer him liquor, fruits, money and, of course, the never absent cigars. Praying for good or evil, depending on the candle color, he is famous for doing favors to people. He could be represented as a seated or standing character, dressed either in a native ceremonial dress (Indigenous Maximón) or business suit (Ladino Maximón). This piece is carved after the famous Wizard Maximón puppet from Santiago Atitlán, Sololá. Notice the masterly hand carved details; cardboard hat covering his head, traditional shirt and extremely detailed trousers, colorful belt, a typical wool moral or bag and black boots dress the piece. He holds a baton as a sign of power; his left hand is extended waiting for an offering, he already has a Quetzal bill. The right hand has the index finger broken. The most special feature of this carving is that it has a special hole in the top of the head. The smoke from the cigars will come out of his body from that orifice. The believer will see that Maximón has accepted the offerings as he slowly smokes the cigar that has been lit for him. Please notice that the piece has no chair, and that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.

Age: Approximately carved in the 1940’s.
Ethnic Group: Kakchiquel
Origin: Santiago, Sololá
Materials: Wood
Use: Religious Image
Technique: hand carved
Size: Approximately: 13” x 12” x 22”
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