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Mayan Painted Cylindrical Vase - PF.1416
Origin: Peten, Guatemala
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The painted urns of the Maya recorded for posterity the myths, legends, ceremonies and beliefs of that ancient empire. With fluid line and brilliant colors, that artist depicted the coming and going of mortals and gods: court ceremony, religious ritual, fantastic stories. Though humans figure prominently, the action is sometimes mysterious, undecipherable as a dream. A continuous frieze of six figures decorates this superb vase. Some seem comical, some regal, some are clearly human, others are surely gods. As we hold such an object, our imagination is set free to wander, inventing a plot for this ancient drama. - (PF.1416)


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