DescriptionMaya Plate with Primary Glyph Band and Ancient Repairs
C. 600-900 AD
2½" Tall x 13" Wide
The painted plate sits on three rattle feet and is drilled in the center with a ritual 'kill hole', which released the spirit of the plate. The dish shows six other drillings which indicate the plate suffered a break in ancient times and was reconstructed with string binding the part in place again; very rare to see an entire broken vessel treated this way. The plate is painted in red, black, and orange with a band in red at the rim, other circles in black, and a standing garbed chief holding a staff and surrounded by a well detailed Primary band of compound glyphs, all completely legible. The plate is reconstructed from four large shards. In a rare detail, there is an ancient scratched design near the rim on one side, the image appearing to be a head glyph and also, from ancient times, there are details of the standing chief incised into the plate. This detail shows that the plate was worn to this extent while in use and held in such regard that it was repaired and attempted to recreate the image with incising. Ancient minerals cover the plate and incised designs. This lot requires third party shipping.
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500.
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