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Mayan Bowl - PF.3438
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Colubian Art
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Extra Fine

$9,900.00
Location: United States
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Description
Vessels created by the ancient Maya were products of extensive processes, making them unique and valuable pieces. These vessels would have been created by hand and molded with both imported and local materials, such as volcanic ash. Ceramicists would then apply creativity through exploring different firing temperatures and using slips of different colors —mostly hues of red and cream. A bowl seen here demonstrates the creative fluidity of ceramicists through the extensive design and details employed.

Like many ancient cultures, ancient Maya created vessels like this one that would be used both for practices in daily life and as offerings in a burial for one’s afterlife. The vessels often have dynamic patterns of scenes that are decorated with mythological imagery. For example, many artists included jaguars on vessels such as this bowl, which references the mythological origins that the Maya believed they emerged from. Jaguars are seen in many ancient cultures’ pottery due to their symbolism. To the Maya, jaguars were recognized as the rulers of the Underworld and could travel between earthly and spiritual realms. As such, they represent power and earned great respect by the Maya people. - (PF.3438)

 

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