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Pre-Columbian, Mexico and northern Central America, Mayan Territories, Late Classic, ca. 550 to 900 CE. One of my favorites, a fantastical vessel in the form of a coyote's head with a wide, cylindrical mouth extending upward from the back of the neck. The face is fierce and deeply lined, with black-painted eyes, large ears, and the lips curled upward in a fierce snarl. The teeth are delineated and detailed, contributing to the snarling appearance. Coyotes played an important role in Mayan mythology; for example, gods sent a coyote alongside a parrot, a fox, and a crow to find a location to create human beings. They were also seen as clever tricksters. Imagine the type of person who would have identified with such a creature and drunk from a vessel in its form! Size: 7.55" W x 3.8" H (19.2 cm x 9.7 cm)

Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Foot may be restored, but it is very difficult to tell and if so, the restoration is excellently done. Small chip from underside. Wonderful remaining details with some pigment.

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Mayan Pottery Coyote Face Vessel

Estimate $1,200 - $1,700Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA