A Mayan High Priest scrimshawed on Faux Ivory. Maya priests were the keepers of knowledge. They learned and taught reading and writing. Priests had many roles and duties including performing religious ceremonies, instructing sons of nobles, keeping the calendars, studying astronomy and astrology, divining for the king, nobles and commoners and prophecy. Priests kept track of genealogies and lineages. This scrimshaw is based on a drawing from Laura Irish. The Faux Ivory is hand cast from actual mammoth ivory originals. The pendant inlay is 40 mm high and 30 mm wide.