A Maya earthenware lidded head effigy cache vessel
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: item # 1160535
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|Possibly representing the disembodied head of Hun Hunahpu, the mythical father of the second set of Hero Twins who, according to the sacred Maya creation story, the Popol Vuh, was resurrected by them to become the Maize god. The flattened form of the lid handle recalls a sprouting plant and the striped, painted decoration recalls a calabash or a cacao pod. Two clay pellets under the nostrils indicate sacred breath. Made of buff clay with a carbonate temper, the effigy is hand-modeled and appliqued. Black, red, and possibly yellow or white post-fire pigments added to enhance the form. Early Classic period, CE 300 - 600, Central Lowlands region, Guatemala or Mexico. Dimensions are 7.75"H x 7"W. Condition: Vessel is complete and in very fine condition with no restoration or new material. Several small appliqued elements cleanly broken and glued back in place. Some fading of the post-fire pigments overall, and several, small, stable stress cracks and losses to high point areas. A rare effigy.|