Pre-Columbian Maya Peten Cylinder Vase, Incised Figures
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1083670
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A rare type of incised vase from Peten, Guatemala, circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. It measures 7" tall by a little over 4 1/4" wide, and displays orange color overall with black/brown wash over key decorative elements. It features incised, seated human figures with deer heads. The figures are shown seated, wearing elaborate, tied loin cloths, with geometric designs above them, and a knotted fabric design breaking up the scene- this may imply that they are shown seated in a palace setting, with the knotted fabric and/or top geometric band representing palace curtains.
The figures are surrounded by circular objects, which may represent solar or ballgame associated iconography. The fact that they are shown with deer heads could imply a few different things: that they are humans in symbolic transition or transformation, that these may represent deer "way" (animal alter-ego), or even that they may be costumed human figures involved in some ceremony or ritual.
Condition: Expertly repaired from several large fragments, with restoration/fill as needed to blend the repairs. Wonderful root marks and mineral deposits overall- indicative of pieces from the Peten region.
Provenance: Former Alirio Campos collection, collected in the 1970's.