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    Two Part Maya Incense Burner with Deer

    Maya, Southern Lowlands
    C. 400-600 AD
    Painted Buff Terra Cotta
    9" tall x 6" wide

    This scarce depiction from the Maya Lowlands depicts a rarely seen fawn with the head turned and perked ears. The buff vessel is in two parts; the base, round with pie crimped edging , loops, and a small walking fawn in relief while the lid features a very rare depiction for such vessels, a young male fawn straddling the top. He is painted with original red paint over the body, black lines separating the white chest, cream painted eyes, and has two small nubs on the head, one missing from ancient times. The relief figure on the base is similarly painted and retains traces of original white in areas. Such vessels are known to be from the Maya Lowlands where urns of this style were used in all sizes ranging from miniature offering vessels and incense burners to massive burial urns to hold an entire body. This example would have been used for burning incense. The four matching loop handles were used to tie the two halves together and a vent hole under the tail to allow smoke to slowly emanate. Base is repaired from a few pieces on one side, expertly matched, and appears perfect from the front, the feet with typical ancient erosion, and the lid in solid condition. A rarely seen example.


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

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    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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