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    Flaring Maya Bowl with Underworld Bird

    Maya
    C. 500- 800 AD
    Slipped and Painted Pottery
    3 1/8" Tall x 9" Wide

    The pottery bowl is crafted with a flared wall and slightly bulged base. The interior with a deep orange slip and red and black paint exhibits a large central Ahau glyph referring to 'Lord'; the exterior with a creamy white central panel painted with three deep orange images of a menacing water bird deity in motion; its tail feathers and wings spread wide, feet separated and directed as if running, and beak wide open with elements emanating. Each image shows layers of built up paint to create the effect of light and dark further adding scarcely observed dimension to the figures. Such a vessel would have been reserved only for the elite. In an excellent state of preservation with the interior vivid and original, one side being reconstructed cleanly with three shards, the exterior touched up, interior left alone. A vibrant and colorful royalty example.


    Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000.

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