DescriptionMaya Bowl with Resurrection Gods
Maya, Southern Lowlands
C. 600-900 AD
5" Tall x 5½" Wide
The vessel sits with a slight barrel form, polychrome decorated in yellow, dark brown, red, white, and shaded brown. Each deity has a long central eye in red and white, earflares with dangling ornamentation, striped bones emanating from the downward turned long snout, and an upward facing bird-like deity mounted on the head. One image features a long streaming red painted human heart to the back, his mouth open showing teeth; a second image shows a closed mouth deity with a protruding rod from the earflare; and third image shows the deity with open mouth, teeth exposed, a human heart attached to the top headdress, and a water lily flowing to the back. As a rare detail, the artist has used a shading technique to create dimension to the deity jaw lines. Overall, jar is excellent, intact condition with surface wear to the rim. A fine example.
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