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Lot 0092
Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, Honduras or El Salvador, Late Classic Maya, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A large pottery cylinder vase, in hues of coral and salmon, with a repeating carved glyph band encircling the upper portion. Columns of vertical glyphs in the style of large avian heads, possibly the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, repeat in-between sections of vertical banded areas. A band of glyphs representing the same avian-form deity is seen on the bottom of the vessel, and the large and deep-welled body cavity would have possibly held offerings to this god. These glyphs would have had a significant meaning to their Mayan viewers, and would have represented their understanding of the world around them. Size: 4.625" W x 7.25" H (11.7 cm x 18.4 cm).

Provenance: from the collection of the late Alfred E. Stendahl, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Repair to portion of rim with some overpainting. Surface wear commensurate with age, losses to rim, fading to surface pigmentation, with deposits and encrustations in carved recesses. An old inventory number "10376" written in black ink on top of clear material. Lovely manganese blooms and root marks.

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Mayan Pottery Cylinder w/ Impressed Design

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Dec 20, 2017