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Mayan Terracotta Vessel in the Form of a Deity - PF.1918
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


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The Mayan pantheon included a vast number of gods, some of whose names and functions remain mysterious even today. Mayan deities had much in common with their human counterparts: they fell in love and feasted, they fought, gave birth, and sometimes they died. The gods were an integral part of daily life throughout the Mayan empire, and much of the art reflects their presence. This striking vessel is adorned with the image of the deity whose blessings it was meant to gain. In this charming guise, the God seems quite accessible, as if ready to grant any favor a friend might ask of him. Perhaps we should see if his powers are as great today as they were in the distant past. - (PF.1918)

 

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