DescriptionMayan Alabaster Ribbed Ceremonial Vase
Maya, Northern Regions
C. 800-1000 AD
5" tall x 4" wide
The thin walled vase is elegantly carved with vertical ribbing and made of highly translucent creamy colored alabaster which was a trade good frequently transported from the Northern Maya Regions where caverns and caves could render the raw material. Examples in alabaster are scarce due to the fragile nature so, such an unusual trade good would have been reserved for only the wealthy. This cup is intact with expected erosion to the base and one side, exhibiting where the soil would have gradually eroded the soft stone. Light shines beautifully within the piece illuminating it and would have been a precious sight for the typical ancient people.
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