Maximón or San Simon is treated like a Catholic Saint, although he hasn’t holy roots. This Mayan Deity was disguised as a 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. People will be praying for good or evil, depending on the candle color as 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 San Andrés Itzapa Maximón puppet. Notice the masterly hand carved details; a business suit with a white shirt and red tie. Black painted eyes and a large moustache give the puppet a great look. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1950’s.
Ethnic Group: Kakchiquel
Origin: San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango
Use: Religious Image
Technique: hand carved
Size: Approximately: 4” x 6” x 7.5”