Donated By: Donick Cary, Emmy-Award winning writer/producer (Letterman /Simpsons / Parks and Recreation /Silicon Valley)
Pre-Columbian, Guatemala and southern Mexico, Mayan Late Classic Period, Copador, ca. 700 to 900 CE. A corseted olla decorated with deep, earthy red bands at rim, shoulder, and carinated lower body, demarcating a band of pseudo-glyphs beneath the rim and a sequence of artistic depictions of seated humans and animals. This is one of the finer examples of Copador painting I have seen, and the figures painted around the center are rich in detail and seem to include monkeys, gods, kings, and queens, each unique, alongside decapitated heads and well-drawn furniture. A really remarkable piece if you like finely-rendered, ornate painting! Size: 5.6" W x 4.75" H (14.2 cm x 12.1 cm)
Copador pottery was manufactured at Copan and traded widely throughout the southern Maya region. This particular style was created by artisans in the Copan area specifically for export, and was probably made to combine popular elements in Maya decoration to increase their value. By repeating certain styles, the artisans creating bowls like this reinforced ceremonial ideas.
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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