Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A hand-built and highly-burnished pottery cylinder with a round but stable base, tall walls, a thin rim, and a deep basin. The exterior is decorated with finely-incised striations which form two panels filled with an abstract mythological creature as well as one panel depicting a highly-stylized, right-facing anthropomorphic figure, perhaps representing one of the Hero Twins Hunahpu or Xbalanque. The interior and exterior of the vessel are adorned with espresso-brown pigment which borders on black given its darkness. Size: 5.1" W x 4.8" H (13 cm x 12.2 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private Mazard Family collection, Paris, France, acquired in the 1960s to 1970s
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