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Pre-Columbian / Mayan / Mayan Terracotta Jar - PF.2761
Origin: Teotihuacan, Mexico
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high
Catalogue: V14
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This beautiful vase is a stunning example of Mayan relief work. Like most Mayan art, the human figures depicted on this vase are probably engaged in a religious ceremony or an act of adoration. The divinities the Mayans worshipped are usually visible within the engraving, sometimes taking on the guise of some form of animal. There are two human figures on this vase, which could be a priest and a God. The figure with a staff in each hand might represent the Mayan ‘Staff God’, which is commonly seen in relief work. Very little space on any Mayan piece is left undecorated. On the lower portion of this piece, glyphs have been etched into the ceramic and the legs represent some sort of astronomical sign. Was this piece used only for special ceremonies? Was it used to humor or give blessings to a ruler or warrior? Whatever its original intent, it is indeed a significant and lovely piece of art. - (PF.2761)


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