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Late Classic Maya court lady

Maya lady of the court during the late classic period. Her wraparound dress/sarong is based on an example worn by a woman in the murals of Chilonché. The mural behind the woman is based on the mythic scene involving the young maize deity who is often depicted a handsome youth and has lunar hero qualities. This scene occurs various time in Maya vases and appears in a preclassic mural of San Bartolo. In the scene he is dressed by a group of ladies either naked or wearing very little, an implication of a sexual scene taking place. They are often times in a watery setting and their death markings in some depictions (like blackness around the eyes or the % symbol) confirm this takes place in a watery underworld setting.