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Pre-columbian Maya Bowl w/Ocho Chan and 5 Ahau Glyphs

Pre-columbian Maya Bowl w/Ocho Chan and 5 Ahau Glyphs

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1321107
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Maya Bowl from Mexico, possibly Usumacinta region of Chiapas, ca. 600-900 A.D. Earthenware pottery with white slip. Black, red, orange and brown paint. Distinctive form of exceptionally fine and elegant proportions. Classic rendition of Ocho Chan, separated by repeating ‘5 AHAU’ glyphs. The wear seen on the inside of this vessel indicates it was used prior to any burial, possibly as an offering container for blood spattered strips of paper or other sacrificial matter. These could have been burned with in, resulting in the pitted red interior slip color normally quite resistant to erosion. The underside is painted with a basket weave pattern and the rim edge suggests this polychrome is a ceramic version of a woven basket for sacrificial offerings, like those seen on Yaxchilan lintel series.

Measurements: 2-9/16" in height x approx 10" in diameter.