DescriptionMaya Incense Burner
Maya, Southern Lowlands
C. 400-600 AD
Buff Terra Cotta with Paint
9" Tall x 8¾" Wide
The dome cover is in a bell shape having two tubes connecting to the interior, loop handles to the sides, and joining a horizontal tube which would allow smoke to stream steadily from the two ends. An unusual and unique central figure exists at the front with various uncharacteristic traits. Feet dangle at the front with belt sashes and a long lappet, large two piece earflares at the hip, a flat panel rising above and mounted with two large eye circles, a framed brow, the very top with a small, disproportionate face wearing earflares with a band at the forehead. Mounted against the two pipes are leafy plants. The incense burner is from the southern lowlands area, intact and solid, retaining a large amount of original cream pigment. This lid, due to the base having no flange or wide lip, is complete and would have been used as a cover while burning copal incense directly on the ground or possibly in a shallow vessel. The depiction is quite out of the norm. This lot requires third party shipping.
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800.
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