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Cloth-made Head Maximón


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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 has an extraordinary feature, a body made with cloth and straw with wooden legs and arms attached to it. The head is addorened with a cowboy hat, and the cloth layers are visible.  Lovely carved hair, moustache, beard and sideburns combined with the blue jeans and the elegant black and silver shirt gives the character an interesting look. Maximón sits very comfortably on a dark wooden chair . Please notice that the piece has a light green chair, and that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.

Age: Approximately carved in the 1920’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: Joyabay, El Quiché
Materials: Wood
Use: Religious Image
Technique: hand carved
Size: Approximately: 6” x 10” x 8” chair included
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