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Fine Pre-Columbian Maya Polychrome Vessel, Published

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Fine Pre-Columbian Maya Polychrome Vessel, Published
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This Maya polychrome vessel measures approximately 6" tall by about 6 1/4" wide, and exhibits polychrome pigments of wonderfully rich, vibrant red, orange, yellow, white and black. Circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. The scene features two figures believed to be the Maya Hero Twins, as well as Vision Serpents, two glyphs, and other Maya iconographic elements. The step patterns likely represent the Maya ceremonial Ballcourt, while the circles within may depict the ball in play. This vessel is published in the Kerr database ( under Kerr #8833.

Condition: Expertly restored from multiple fragments. The restoration on this vessel would be considered museum quality. The restoration appears to have been done using original fragments that fit back together tightly with only minimal fill and in-painting. The upper half to 1/3 of the interior breaklines were also restored to minimize distraction when being viewed. However, the restorer chose to leave the lower interior breaklines un-restored and visible in the bottom half to 2/3 of the interior to easily show where the repairs are. This approach lends confidence to the viewer that minimal fill and in-painting was done on the exterior, since one can easily see what parts have been restored from the original shards and breaks visible on the inside. Evidence of root marks are visible on the surface, typical of Peten material. Otherwise expected weathering wear and abrasions overall.

Provenance: Former Florida, USA private collection. Before that, Former New York, USA reputable dealer. Published in the Kerr Database,

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