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Maya Pottery Incised Cylinder Vessel w/ Fish
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Pre-Columbian, Mexico and northern Central America, Maya Territories, Late Classic, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A gorgeous pottery vessel presenting a column-like body, inward-curving walls, and a circular rim, all sitting upon a flat base. The body of the vessel is adorned with 5 fish in low relief with incised detail, all shown in profile to vertically line the dish as they face upward. A horizontal band of relief images representing Maya glyphs decorates the area just below its flared rim. Size: 5.25" in diameter x 8.375" H (13.3 cm x 21.3 cm)

Scholars posit that the Maya offered cylinder vessels as diplomatic gifts, and many were used to serve and drink the traditional cacao (chocolate) beverage. In Maya art, tall cylinders like this one are presented in scenes depicting the preparation of the cocoa drink that was extremely popular with the Maya. Large cylindrical vessels like this were placed on the ground, and the drink was poured from smaller vessels above to create a frothy mixture.

These ancient glyphs may convey an important date, a secret message, or simply be part of the vessel's aesthetic program. According to Dorie Reents-Budet, "One of the remarkable characteristics of Classic Maya painted pottery is the use of writing as more than simply a way to communicate ideas. As in the Islamic tradition, Maya artists employed calligraphy as a prime design feature and as an integral part of the total composition… The hieroglyphic texts also were used as compositional devices, placed specifically to help define the internal tensions, balances and divisions within the pictorial field." (Dorie Reents-Budet, "Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period", Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994, page 12)

Provenance: private Healy collection, Studio City, California, USA, acquired 1995 to 2015

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#166560
Condition
Repaired from several pieces with restoration over break lines. Expected abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent.
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Maya Pottery Incised Cylinder Vessel w/ Fish

Estimate $1,400 - $2,100
Aug 19, 2021
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0160: Maya Pottery Incised Cylinder Vessel w/ Fish

Sold for $1,300
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Est. $1,400 - $2,100Starting Price $700
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Aug 19, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0160 Details

Description
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Pre-Columbian, Mexico and northern Central America, Maya Territories, Late Classic, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A gorgeous pottery vessel presenting a column-like body, inward-curving walls, and a circular rim, all sitting upon a flat base. The body of the vessel is adorned with 5 fish in low relief with incised detail, all shown in profile to vertically line the dish as they face upward. A horizontal band of relief images representing Maya glyphs decorates the area just below its flared rim. Size: 5.25" in diameter x 8.375" H (13.3 cm x 21.3 cm)

Scholars posit that the Maya offered cylinder vessels as diplomatic gifts, and many were used to serve and drink the traditional cacao (chocolate) beverage. In Maya art, tall cylinders like this one are presented in scenes depicting the preparation of the cocoa drink that was extremely popular with the Maya. Large cylindrical vessels like this were placed on the ground, and the drink was poured from smaller vessels above to create a frothy mixture.

These ancient glyphs may convey an important date, a secret message, or simply be part of the vessel's aesthetic program. According to Dorie Reents-Budet, "One of the remarkable characteristics of Classic Maya painted pottery is the use of writing as more than simply a way to communicate ideas. As in the Islamic tradition, Maya artists employed calligraphy as a prime design feature and as an integral part of the total composition… The hieroglyphic texts also were used as compositional devices, placed specifically to help define the internal tensions, balances and divisions within the pictorial field." (Dorie Reents-Budet, "Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period", Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994, page 12)

Provenance: private Healy collection, Studio City, California, USA, acquired 1995 to 2015

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#166560
Condition
...
Repaired from several pieces with restoration over break lines. Expected abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent.

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