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A Huastec janus form earthenware effigy vessel

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A Huastec janus form earthenware effigy vessel
The Huastec peoples are linguistically related to the Mayas, separated from the peninsular Mayan-speaking groups as early as the beginnings of the Olmec Horizon, circa BCE 1500. One, if not both of the two enigmatic, somewhat lifeless faces seen on this well-modeled and unusually elaborate Postclassic period ceramic may represent the Mesoamerican act of whistling to the storm gods as a petition for soaking rains. This same tradition is documented today in parts of Veracruz and in the Maya world as farmers clear fields by the slash and burn method, all the while whistling for the winds and rains to increase. The clay body of this vessel emits a distinct fragrance when wet - sweet and earthy. These spouted vessels are often erroneously labeled today as teapots, but it is possible they instead held cacao based drinks which became more frothy being poured through a long spout. Whatever its original ritual use, this effigy vessel surely imparted a flavor to the liquid it once held. From Northern Veracruz, Mexico, dating CE 900-1200. Made from a soft, kaolin based clay and painted with a rich brown-black paint. The vessel measures 9"Diam x 5.50"H, and is in excellent, original condition, but is missing the strap handle which once spanned the vessel opening. This was removed in antiquity, and one other small shard has been simply glued back into place. A rare type of pre-Columbian ceramic.

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