DescriptionElaborately Incised Mixtec Jar
C. 1000-1400 AD
Slipped and Painted Pottery
5½" Tall x 9½" Wide
The saucer style storage jar has a wide flaring mouth and four suspension handles for transport, overall with a shiny creamy slip, incised, and with vivid orange details. The underside exhibits a large glyph scene reminiscent of earlier Maya wares featuring a central roundel with half circles, none identical, the following band with large 'U' shaped glyphs, and the outer having Mayan abstract Chac heads or temple designs. The upper surface features scenes of four similar, but different, zoomorphic deities including a long snouted beast with extended tongue and spiny back and bird headed serpent deities carrying bundles. The stunning example has areas of minor surface losses, some expert repair to a small area at rim, and has mineral depositing inside and out with strong patina overall.
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