Southern Lowlands Maya Incense Burner Lid with Goddess

    C. 400-600 AD
    Pottery with Cream and Yellow Pigments
    14" Tall x 15" Wide

    The dome shaped lid terminates with a narrow chimney and decorated on the front with a central face of a goddess wearing large earflares, a tall plumed and banded head panel, the cropped hair showing beneath, with large leaf petals beside her, perhaps emerging from a maize plant. Below the face is a wide oval medallion and a panel with a two headed serpent. The center features two thick rope design handles mounted with tall panels, a grouping of bi-valve shells applied throughout. The bell shaped design served as a lid for a two part ceremonial incense burner, the base would have been an hourglass form so that while copal incense burned, the narrow chimney would have allowed a steady stream of smoke to start small and cloud a chamber. As expected, such examples are reconstructed from parts, this, being reconstructed from many original pieces with matching fill over the lines, some leafy losses at the chimney, and retains areas of scarce original pigments. This lot requires third party shipping.

    Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000.

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