Pre-Columbian, El Salvador, Mayan, Copador, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A Copador-style bowl with the classic deep red painted band around the rim and decorated interior and exterior with pseudo-glyph human and animal heads. The exterior is ringed with lord-like figures engaging in ritual activites; the interior has fantastical heads around its walls and an abstract form in tondo. 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. Size: 9" W x 3.75" H (22.9 cm x 9.5 cm)
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection
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