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AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC MAYA " POISON BOTTLE"

AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC MAYA " POISON BOTTLE"


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1312986

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CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Northern Mexico Age: Ca. 400 A. D. - 860 A. D. DESCRIPTION: An unusual white ceramic Maya poison bottle in the shape of a human head. It measures 2" in height by 2" in width. The fascinating face has heavy lidded eyes, a long aqualine nose, a deeply incised mouth with full lips, and a hairdo comprised of "bangs" cut in various lengths and wrapped with a thin headband tied in a bow at the rear. Remnants of the original red pigment are still evident. There are small areas of erosion at the base and around the rim caused by ancient use or exposure to the elements over a long period of time. They don't distract from the strong visual impact of the face. PROVENANCE: A Scottsdale, Arizona Gallery.