The Genius Of Man The Genius Of Man

A FINE MONTE ALBAN CENSOR WITH APPLIED SIMIAN DECORATION


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The Genius Of Man
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A truly exceptional and rare form of a pottery censor from Monte Alban...The capital of the Zapotec Empire from The Valley Of Oaxaca in Mexico. The piece dates Ca. 500 B. C. -700 A. D. It measures 3 3/4" in height by 6" in overall length by 5 1/2" in diameter. The low rounded jar is decorated with a hand modeled monkey with ear spools, a large smile, and he has one hand resting under his chin and the other on his head. The hair and feet are deeply incised. The Zapotecs considered the monkey a a symbol of fertility and playfulness. Ex: private California collection