DescriptionCollection of Nine Miniature Maya Poison Bottles
Maya, Southern Lowlands
C. 200-600 AD
2" to 3½" Tall
The wonderful collection features nine southern lowland 'poison bottles', all with cream slip of a smooth refined surface, and would have been used as containers for rare toxins, pigments, or healing ointments and medicines. The lot features four jars with ribbing, else undecorated, which have a creamy surface, two of gourd effigies, all intact. One example, is a taller sea snail shell effigy, this, in a darker brown and intact. Four of the mini bottles have carved panels. The smaller carved example is intact and carved on the four sides with pseudo-glyphs; a small box shaped bottle exhibits a hut design and with two panels of molded glyphs, one being a jaguar head, this, with ancient losses of the four nub feet and some ancient chips, overall with strong wear; and two large canteen shaped jars, one with panels of a man kneeling before a serpent head or possibly maize plant, this originally with thick orange slip, much of it worn. The second canteen shaped bottle is covered in a beige slip and decorated on the curving sides and faces with incised glyphs, the round panels having abstract birds, this, with chip to rim and modern ground base.
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