DescriptionPolychrome Decorated Maya Plate
C. 600-900 AD
2½" Tall x 14" Wide
The shallow ceremonial offering platter has flaring walls painted in brown, red, and yellow with four large numeral glyphs while the interior displays a central glyph surrounded by two undulating serpent images. Vessel has been ceremonially 'killed' by puncturing the piece from the backside which released its spirits and allowed it to be interred. This example is missing all three feet from ancient times, a ceremonial release which is very common on Maya plates, and is reconstructed from several pieces with overpaint. A large example.
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