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Copador Style Mayan Polychrome Bowl - PF.6242
Origin: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 7.125" (18.1cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Copador
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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A frieze of six stylized turkeys, a staple of the Mayan diet, marches around the interior rim of this bowl. Painted with red tails and necks, they hold a black object in their mouths that appears to represent a worm. Three concentric rings decorate the center: two black circles and a red one in between. On the exterior, a solid red band demarcates the bottom of the bowl. Above, a series of black dots connected to a diagonal grid pattern adorns the angular join of the tapering bottom and the flaring rim. A row of numerous miniature turkeys adorns the exterior body of the bowl. Clearly, this bird has a symbolic significance, perhaps sacrificial or ritualistic, directly related to this vessel. Discovered in a tomb, buried alongside a fallen ruler or important dignitary, this bowl was as essential for the afterlife as it no doubt was in this world. - (PF.6242)


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