Description

    Maya Melon Effigy Lidded Head Jar

    Maya, Highlands
    C. 400-600 AD
    Painted Terra Cotta
    8ΒΌ" Tall x 7" Wide

    The jar is two parts and depicts an agricultural deity combined with a melon or squash effigy. The spherical jar and lid have original long alternating black and red vertical striping, the lid with a paneled handle painted with an organic image, and one side of the vessel with a large face bordered by a tufted band with ornaments, series of dots along the ears, decorated earflares, the septum with nose ornaments, and wide open mouth showing tonsils and tongue, the sides with a painted stripe in black. A very unusual vessel, the lid fits nearly perfectly, and both pieces intact, excellent condition with original pigments and interior with encrustations.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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