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Pre-Columbian Maya Ulua Footed Cylinder, Mythical Birds
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A large Maya footed polychrome cylinder of a type representative of the ancient Ulua Valley region of Honduras, circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. This example measures approximately 7" wide by about 5 1/2" tall, and depicts an interesting scene showing two supernatural bird figures, each with objects in their mouths, separated by K'in flowers. The scenes likely relate to a story from Maya mythology, and may even serve as a metaphor for some cosmic or celestial event interpreted by the ancient Maya as having spiritual or symbolic importance. Decorative features are shown using black, red, yellow and orange pigments, inside and out. The form of the vessel is that of a short, wide cylinder that sits atop three slab, type feet.

Condition: Intact, with only a few minor, stable hairlines- typical from compression during hundreds of years of burial. The details of the scenes remain easily discernible. Heavy black Manganese deposits, as well as other mineral deposits, encrustations and root marks, attest to the age and authenticity of this example. There is heavy mineral encrustation and residue on the inside, perhaps related to whatever the vessel once contained. Otherwise, only minor abrasions, weathering and wear overall.

Provenance: Former Arizona, USA private collection.



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