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    Massive Maya Ceremonial Bowl

    Maya, Southern Lowlands
    C. 600-900 AD
    Burnished, Painted, and Slipped Pottery
    3¾" Tall x 16¾" Wide

    The huge offering vessel is painted on the interior with a brilliant deep red, a thin band in black surrounds the wall, the rim painted in black, and is mounted with a recessed spout or rest for a ladle. The outer wall flares upward and with a flange across the center, the entire panel with a cream slipped base and painted in black and shades of red. The design exhibits seven panels with various glyphic images including undulating serpents, volutes, numeral designations, and columns. The impressive vessel would have served as, most likely, a ritual blood letting bowl. Offering plates such as this were often used for burning blood soaked pieces of paper and this piece does not exhibit any burning, so may have, instead, served as a vessel for a liquid. The platter is in an exceptional state, being intact and undamaged, with light mineral depositing and some surface encrustations, only a couple surface nicks. Quite an exceptional example in an extremely large size. This lot requires third party shipping.


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