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Lot 0028B
Pre-Columbian, Jaina Island, Mexico, Maya, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A mold-made terracotta rattle in the form of an elite Mayan standing chieftain donning an elaborate headdress upon his long, straight coiffure, large earspools, a beaded necklace, beaded bracelets, and a fancy costume. The instrument also contains several miniscule rattle balls that emit sound when shaken. Jaina Island, a small limestone island on the Yucatan Peninsula's Gulf coast, has only a tiny inlet separating it from the mainland. Jaina served as an elite Maya burial site and is notable for its fine ceramic figurines excavated around the island. Size: 8.375" H (21.3 cm).

Provenance: private Andrade collection, New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1960s; ex-Knoedler & Company, New York, New York, USA

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Expected age-commensurate surface wear, with small nicks and chips to feet, peripheries, and head, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits throughout. Rattle still functions and emits sound when shaken.

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Mayan Jaina Pottery Rattle - Chieftain Form

Estimate $800 - $1,200Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA