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Mayan Polychrome Bowl with Hieroglyphic Text - PF.0426
Origin: Peten, Guatemala
Circa: 700 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The heiroglyphic text on this bowl is unique in that it is reversed. Did the artist, certainly illiterate, not understanding what he was copying? Or did he cleverly reverse the glyphs so that they could be read only in a mirrored reflection? Perhaps the omnipotent gods read backwards. The textual variation in no way detracts from the beauty of the piece, with its vibrant colors, pleasing shape, and delicately made pottery. HT. 15.3cm(6IN) DIAM. 16.6cm(6 1/2IN) - (PF.0426)


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