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Mayan Polychrome Plate - PF.2195
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Painted in rich sunset colors or red, orange and black, this bold plate was left as a funerary offering at the grave of some Mayan notable. Decorated with a glyph of a God's head, it possesses an aura of mystical power that reaches across the barriers of time. The hole puched in the center of the plate is the result of a Mayan custom for freeing the souls of the dead to pass into the underworld. Bold and abstract, such a plate appeals to modern sensibilities as it no doubt did to Ancient Mayan ones. As we hold it in our hands, gazing at its hypnotic motif, we are transported back to the glories of a vanished civilization. DIAM. 33cm(13IN) - (PF.2195)


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