Maximon 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 favours to people. He could be represented as a seated or standing character, dressed either in a native ceremonial dress (Indigenous Maximon) or business suit (Ladino Maximon). This very old piece has only one leg, the missing one was burned by candle-fire. He is dressed with the lovely traditional clothes from Almolonga in Quetzaltenango. He has a black hat and a red typical bag. His left hand is extended waiting for an offering; as he holds a Quetzal bill. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1930’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Almolonga, Quetzaltenango
Use: Religious Image
Technique: hand carved
Size: Approximately: 10.5” x 6” x 6.5” (chair included)