Oldest Portrait Of A Maya Woman

Near the city of Naachtun in Guatemala the earliest depiction of a Maya woman was found in a stelae, a large carved block of stone. At this point it is unknown if this is the portrait of a historical queen or that of a female deity. What is known is that her name was Ix Tzutz Nik, Lady Completion Flower. The stalea, which usually portray the deeds and ascensions of kings and gods, is two centuries older than any other depicting a queen and dates back to the fourth century A.D. It is unfortunate that we as of yet can’t decipher her official role but one can safely assume that Lady Completion Flower was an important figure in the in Naachtun.

There is more background on Lady Completion Flower and this great find here.

[tags]Maya, archaeology[/tags]

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