This sculpture of the Maize God was commissioned by Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, also known as 18-Rabbit, the thirteenth ruler of Copán. It was built in 715 A.D. to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The Maize God, with his vibrant, youthful features, represents the Maya ideal of beauty, and features prominently in Maya art during the Classic period (200 BC - AD 900). He personifies the agricultural cycle and is associated with abundance and prosperity. In this sculpture his headdress is a stylized ear of corn and his hair, the silk of the cob. It is currently housed in The British Museum, London.