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**Originally Listed At $500**

Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico and northern Central America, Mayan Territories, Late Classic period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A fascinating figural vessel, with a round, bulbous body with a projecting head, arms, and legs dominating one side. The head features a face with both anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, including a spiked crest along the top and a deeply set mouth; the figure wears spooled earrings and seems to have a pair of animalistic ears in front of its human ears. Below the head, incised onto the body, is another anthropomorphic face, this one square, and surrounded by curved lines that look like a feathered headdress. The rest of the body of the jar has an incised bubbled texture that flows upward from this incised face and around part of the wide, straight spout that rises prominently from the center of the vessel. The figure depicted here probably represents a shaman or god caught between the animal and human world. Size: 7" W x 6.8" H (17.8 cm x 17.3 cm)

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex Baker collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

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Rim has very well done repairs that are almost impossible to see, with overpainting along repaired area. Two old inventory labels stuck to underside. Otherwise in beautiful condition with excellent remaining details.

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Fascinating Mayan Pottery Figural Vessel - Shaman

Estimate $900 - $1,400Feb 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA