Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Pre-Columbian Art : Mayan Bowls, Plates and Vessels : Mayan Human Effigy Bowl
Click to view original image.
Mayan Human Effigy Bowl - PF.2586
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 250 AD to 450 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high x 5.5" (14.0cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Much of Mayan art was dedicated to the glorification of their great kings, priests and gods. In the artistic expression of the Myriad aspects of this complex culture, the Mayan craftsmen excelled in the ability to fit design, form and function in such a way as to employ each component to its maximum, while at the same time achieving an integrated aesthetic unity. This ceramic effigy bowl is a stunning example of this artistry, its rounded form supporting the projected head of a figure, possibly the old Mayan God N or Pauahtun. The deity's characteristically aged face grins at the world through a wide, toothless mouth, while large eyes peer out above puffy cheeks. His thin arms rest against the bowl's surface, bent in a typical ceremonial pose. At the same time, small protrusions at the base of the bowl give the appearance of the God's legs, imaginatively serving as a support for the vessel. The old Pauahtun, one of the Mayan gods of the underworld, was also a God of writing and of art. Clearly, his manifestation in this extraordinary vessel attests quite grandly to his role as a God of the arts, for its aesthetic beauty is ageless in its ability to please the senses. - (PF.2586)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2020 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting