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

Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico and northern Central America, Mayan Territories, Late Classic, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A polychrome cylinder jar painted in the classic Maya style using black, red, and dark orange drawn with confident strokes on a paler orange field. Dominating the majority of the vessel's exterior, wrapped around its body, are two images of a standing lord. Both lords have faces that are classically Mayan, wth a prominent nose and very long, sloping forehead, representing beauty ideals that real Mayan lords seem to have cosmetically altered themselves to achieve. Feathers and a topknot form decoration project outward from the face, while rich clothing and ornament have also been painted onto the lords' bodies. They are separated from one another by dark strips with simple maze/labyrinth motifs inside of them. At top and bottom of the vessel are thin bands of horizontal borders. Size: 6.25" W x 7.75" H (15.9 cm x 19.7 cm)

For the Maya, extraordinary ceramic vases like this example were gifted to elite individuals, akin to the gifts exchanged between high profile dignitaries today. Vases were a functional gift, created by artist/scribes who came from elite families and who took pains to recreate the stories of Mayan mythology and religion as well as to depict royal and godly personages in their artwork. This artwork reinforced the ruling ideology and reminded the viewer of what was valuable in Mayan society. Today, they teach us about the stories that were important to the Maya and also give us clues to how elite people lived and dressed. Scholars have painstakingly worked to decipher the meaning of the iconography and glyphs painted on cylinder jars and we know much more about them than we did even twenty years ago.

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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Repaired from multiple pieces, with repairs well done and almost invisible, especially on the exterior. Small areas of overpainting/touching up along the repair lines. Manganese deposits and root marks on some of the surface.


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Mayan Polychrome Cylinder - Standing Lord

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000Oct 5, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA