Pre-Columbian Art and Antiquities by Arte Xibalba

Mayan Chiefs Bowl

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 48004

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An exceptional Chiefs bowl from El Salvador, ca. 600 AD. This unusual type has a carinated shape with outward flaring rim. It features four Mayan lords, two of whom are painted with black faces denoting their place in the Underworld, each seated in the offering position projecting the blood sacrifice glyph. The are separated by panels of glyphs. The interior shows eight turkey vultures, each holding a speaking glyph, arrayed around a central ball. The Mayan mat design connecting the speaking glyphs denotes this vessels important heritage. One repaired rim shard.