This head was built up from multiple, successive layers of stucco, a durable material made from limestone or shell, which is heated, ground, and mixed with sand and a natural resin, forming a white, plaster-like material that can be used to coat walls and form sculptures. Once it was almost dry, painted decoration was applied. In cross-section, the white stucco is the underlying layer, on top of which were applied the layers of red-orange and green paints. The red paint has soaked into the white stucco, indicating that it was still slightly wet when the paint was applied. While the compositions of the paints have not yet been identified, the Maya are known to have used iron pigments or cinnabar for red paint and a mixture of the special paint called Maya Blue and yellow iron pigments to create green paint.
|8/31/2011||Treatment||examined for exhibition; stabilized; cross section of painted surface|
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- Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.
- Transformation: Art of the Ancient Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018-2019.