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Lot 0080
Donated By: Donick Cary, Emmy-Award winning writer/producer (Letterman /Simpsons / Parks and Recreation /Silicon Valley)

Pre-Columbian, Maya, Ulua Valley, Honduras, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A large and impressive four-legged rattle plate/bowl painted in the classic colors and style of the Ulua Valley Maya, with a large turkey in tondo. Around the turkey motif are two wide black rings and then a circle of repeated pseudo-glyphs that seem to be human heads. These are also bordered by two wide black rings that separate the base of the bowl from the sides. Around the flared sides of the bowl's interior are repeated motifs of two beings in coitus wearing huge, matching feathered headdresses. They are in groups of two separated by six vertical black bands, perhaps also representing feathers. Size: 10.75" W x 3.5" H (27.3 cm x 8.9 cm)

The turkey, known as chompipe in Mayan, was a staple of their diet and a symbol of good fortune, probably consumed both for normal meals and ritually. Perhaps this plate was made to serve a dish made with turkey! The Ulua Valley, centered around the large city of Cerro Palenque, is a mystery for archaeologists - unlike the Maya, they left no written records (the glyphoid designs on this vessel do not form words), and their connection to the Classic Maya is unclear. It seems to have been a point of trade and transport - a connecting link - between the Maya world further north and Central America. The pottery from the Ulua Valley is part of a very unique tradition different even from those found at nearby Copan.

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, including reattachment of legs. Repairs are well done and difficult to see especially on the decorated face. Overpainting across repair lines on the underside.


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Mayan Ulua Valley Pottery Plate - Turkey & Lovers

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 5, 2017