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Donated By: Donick Cary, Emmy-Award winning writer/producer (Letterman /Simpsons / Parks and Recreation /Silicon Valley)

Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico to northern Central America, Late Classic Maya, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A striking and iconographically rich bowl that once stood on three round legs. The bowl has relatively steep sides that are painted with black fine-line glyphs. In the center of this bowl, painted in beautiful detail, is a head shown in profile and wearing richly decorative clothing. A huge nose ornament and large, round earrings form part of this ornament, as does a conical headdress and what appears to be a feathered cape that takes up nearly half of the image. The shape of the face showcases what the Mayans considered attractive, with the huge bump on the bridge of the nose highly desirable and probably cosmetically altered. Size: 12" W x 2.5" H (30.5 cm x 6.4 cm)

Painted Mayan pottery like this was used for feasting, ritual purposes, and as prestigious gifts given to emphasize the power of the giver and bind the recipient to them through a form of purchased loyalty. Maya kings and queens might give them to local governors. The artists who created them were also often minor royalty or nobility, especially the ones who could paint glyphs - literacy seems to have been reserved for the Mayan elite.

Provenance: private D. C. collection, California, USA; D. C. is an Emmy Award winning Hollywood writer and Executive Producer, collected before 2000

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Bowl has a small area of repair on the rim, as well as a stable crack on the rim next to that repair. The tripod legs are lost and there is a small stain on the underside from putty used to stabilize it on a shelf. Nice remaining pigment and excellent root marks on the underside.


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Mayan Pottery Tripod Bowl - Noble's Face

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 5, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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