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A fine Maya polychrome tripod plate with avian theme

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 1250096 (stock# M46744)

A fine Maya polychrome tripod plate with avian theme
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


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A sturdy vessel with an ornately painted interior surface showing a so-called 'Muan' bird (owl) of the Maya underworld. However, the central bird forms depicted on these plates are more likely to represent a Turkey Vulture, a creature equated with Maya lordship/rulership. The profile of an anthropomorphic old god also can be seen as part of its head here - the bird's upper beak representing the elongated chin or jaw of the old deity. Iguana-like creatures are found on the beveled wal ...click for details


A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 1228663 (stock# M29733)

A Maya mold-made earthenware avian whistle
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michael cichon tribal arts
941.224.0440


$900.00 

This perfectly preserved, somewhat whimsical effigy whistle is a fine example of the molded ceramics made for funerary use on Jaina Island or the coastal Campeche area of Mexico. The effigy whistle represents an anthropomorphic harpy eagle, the greatest of the avian, sky predators found in the tropical lowlands of Mesoamerica. Anthropomorphic traits include the standing posture, eyes placed on the front of the face, and the use of a loincloth. The wings are personified and represent saurian hea ...click for details

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