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Important Maya Palenque Censer Stand of the god Chaac


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1329568
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An extremely rare and important Maya Palenque Censer Stand of the god Chaac, the Maya rain deity from Chiapas, Mexico, ca. 766 A.D. Tubular body with flange on each side depicting two standing chaac deities. The body has a full length figure of the god Chaac incorporated into the piece which is standing on a chaac head. He is depicted wearing a loin cloth, nose ring, and alligator headdress. Traces of red cinnabar and maya blue highlight the very detailed features of this magnificent piece. The piece was clearly dedicated for the god Chaac and is rarely seen with so many elements for the god Chaac. Usually their will be a human represented with god chaac added to the piece. An exquisite and scarce example!

The refined craftsmanship demonstrated in these pieces are indicative of Palenque, a major Maya city located in what is now Chiapas, Mexico. These ceramic censers were an important part of ritual paraphernalia and ceremonial life at this important Maya city. Censers were used both to represent and honor divine gods. Censers were in two parts: a stand with a tubular body that served as a support; and a brazier bowl that was placed on top of the stand and used for burning copal incense. Provenance: Formerly from a Private Texas collection acquired from the Estate of Darlene Young Farias. Darlene was gifted this piece by her uncle Darryl Harmon who was once a dealer in Texas before he passed, who acquired it himself in 1960 in Mexico from a gallery.

For a similar example in the Met Museum please copy and paste the following link -

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.99/ TL Test will be included, the piece was last fired 1250 years ago, dating the piece to 766 A.D.

26″ in height.

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