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Mayan Polychrome Bowl - PF.5638
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 3.625" (9.2cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This diminutive vessel is deceiving. Although it appears simplistic in both its size and appearance, there is an energy exuded from this vessel greater than itself. The contours of the bowl conform perfectly to the form of our cupped hands. Most probably this vessel had some sort of a ritual or ceremonial significance. Perhaps it was utilized in the consumption of a Mayan drink concocted from cacao and chilies. The decorations on this bowl are kept to a minimum. Geometric, black pseudo-glyphs fill the upper band just beneath the red rim. The lower band has been painted with red and black thick, vertical stripes. The most revealing detail of this vessel important stature is the location of its discovery. Found inside a tomb, buried next to a fallen ruler or dignitary, this bowl was as essential in the afterlife as it was in this world. - (PF.5638)


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