DescriptionMatched Set of Zapotec Vases
C. 200 BC-200 AD
Buff Terra Cotta
8" tall x 6" wide each
The voluminous cups are modeled of a deep gray pottery, one with a creamy slip, the other buff, each with smooth thin walls and carved with large deity panels. The creamy vessel exhibits an early Jaguar bat zoomorph deity with large round eyes, bat like ears, an upturned nose, a wide open mouth showing squared teeth with suspended tongue below and fangs to either side. Grayware vase with a deeply carved geometric design of central rectangles and emanating glyph designs surrounding each side. The Zapotec were known for their early glyph designs and such vessels were ceremonially placed as devotional offerings within temple walls during construction. The set here would have contained ceremonial objects, paints, or food items. Each example is reconstructed from many pieces and appearing intact and excellent on the exterior while both retain heavy encrusted surfaces within.
Estimate: $1,800 - $2,400.
Condition report available upon request.
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