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Pre-Columbian, Guatemala, Peten Basin, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A thick-walled pottery bowl, covered in pale-orange slip, with a stable, lightly-rounded base and a black-painted lip. The interior boasts a register of abstract bean-shaped forms separated by a segmented 'X' and a central circle above huge crescent-form tendrils spiraling outwards from a petite central ring, perhaps suggestive of an octopus. The exterior displays a register of red semicircles above a quartet of abstract squid figures with beaked monocular bodies and flowing tentacles with curled tips, and a red circle lies below a thin black stripe. Size: 4.8" W x 2.9" H (12.2 cm x 7.4 cm).

Provenance: private California, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-private New Jersey, USA collection; ex-Pine Crest School Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, acquired by donation between 1975 and 1982

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A few stable hairline fissures stemming from rim, minor abrasions to rim, body, and base, with fading to areas of original pigmentation, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and craquelure to original pigmentation throughout.

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Maya Peten Polychrome Bowl w/ Squids

Estimate $800 - $1,200Apr 25