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Mayan Terracotta Cylindrical Vessel - CK.0603
Origin: Mesoamerica
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high x 6" (15.2cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The Maya in their great temple cities reached the summit of the classical age in Ancient Meso- America. In those temple cities, great artistic expressions such as murals and sculptures flourished. It is during this classical period in which artists created magnificent polychrome vessels, which depict various Mayan figures and hieroglyphs. This cylindrical vessel is a fine example of such creations. Decorated with warm orange color and intricately painted figures and glyphs, the vessel radiates with its subtle and yet poignant beauty. It shows two Mayan dignitaries standing in a row, crouched over as if dancing. The high status of the dignitaries are suggested by their elaborate headdresses and the fancy costumes. As we look into this vessel, we feel as if we are standing in a Mayan village, watching two honorable dignitaries. Hundreds of years after the vessel's creation, we still appreciate its beauty that is sure to last for ages to come. - (CK.0603)


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