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Mayan Incense Burner - PF.0694
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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With openwork crosses and other holes to allow for the escape of smoke, this censor rests upon a tripod base. The man protrayed has such strong, individualized features--an upturned nose, a protruding lower lip, and deep creases by the mouth--that it is tempting to see this as a specific portrait. A marvelous, detailed piece of Mayan pottery, combining personality with practical function. - (PF.0694)


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