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Copador Style Mayan Polychrome Bowl - PF.5669
Origin: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high x 6.75" (17.1cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Copador
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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A painted frieze of four seated figures decorates the exterior rim of this tapering vessel. They all wear extravagant headdress that fall over their shoulders and project from their backs. They all hold out their exaggerated, large hands as if making an offering. Each figure also bears a large red dot on their faces and a red circle on their one exposed foot, possibly tattoos. A frieze of turkeys, a vital staple of the Mayan diet, fills the interior rim of this bowl. Painted with red tail feathers and necks, they hold in their beaks what might be a worm. This black object is depicted in the shape of a forked branch with a round berry at either end. There must be some significance between the varied motifs. How do the seated man and the turkey relate to each other? Found inside a tomb, buried alongside a ruler or important dignitary, this vessel, probably employed in rituals ceremonies, was as essential in the afterlife as it was in this world. - (PF.5669)


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