Pre-Columbian Art and Antiquities by Arte Xibalba

Maya Serpent Cylinder

Maya Serpent Cylinder

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1219480

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Arte Xibalba
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Sarasota, FL 34232

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A wonderful Maya polychrome cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This corseted vessel is 8” high, 6” in diameter and is decorated with repetitive boxed diamond patterns representing the merging of Fer-de Lance and jaguar pelt designs. The cross-hatching seen within the diamonds connotes darkness in Classic Maya iconography, creating a pattern of repeating sacred portals to the underworld. The paint is vivid and shows good mineral deposits, the underside is slightly concave and the interior is orange with linear rim décor that matches the exterior. A showy piece with great presence.

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