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Mayan Anthropomorphic Ring Holder - PF.1053
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide x 3" (7.6cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The exact function of this odd but charming device is uncertain. It seems designed to be grasped like a teacup between the first finger and the thumb, and perhaps supported some form of light like a candle. The rather startled, wide-eyed features of the little face adorning the horizontal ring seem to be searching for approaching dangers. We can imagine this intriguing object held tightly by a participant in some ancient, long-forgotten ritual; the warmth of their hand lingers about it still. - (PF.1053)


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