DescriptionVividly Decorated Maya Offering Plate
Maya, Southern Lowlands
C. 400-600 AD
1¾" Tall x 10¼" Wide
The plate sits on a short footing and lightly raises creating a shallow dish. The face of the circular offering is beautifully painted with a strong red background ornamented with three similar and different compound glyphs painted in red and black with yellow and cream backgrounds. Four floral patterns in black and cream fill the space between each glyph and a rope band and further floral patterns mount the rim in yellow, cream, and black. The bowl would have been an offering from a Royal chamber, reserved for only the highest ranking members of society. Intact and in excellent, solid condition, the plate has light surface encrustations and a drilled 'kill hole' in the center, allowing the spirit of the plate to escape.
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