Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A wonderfully stylized intact polychrome turtle measuring 6" from head to tail and 5" at the widest diameter. The jar has original rattles in each of his legs. The face is deeply incised with a wide grinning mouth and his tail is a slightly rounded quadrangle. Remnants of the original black paint used for ornamentation are still visible....especially on the underside in the form of multiple wavy lines. He has rounded lugs on each side for suspension as well as numerous mineral formations attesting to his great age. This is a fine artifact depicting great form and charm. The Maya considered the turtle a symbol of water and plenty and it was a creature held in high esteem. A great addition to any collection or as a single piece of outstanding ancient artistry.