Pre-Columbian, Northern Peten, Guatemala, Mayan, ca. 600 to 800 CE. One of the finest and certainly most macabre examples of Mayan art! Pottery cylinder, most likely used for drinking cocoa, depicting the God A. The image may be a composite of God A and Chak (he wears the pendant of Chak). Showing a chiaroscuro technique seldom seen with such naturalistic result. Note the background behind the WHAY figure is delicately shaded to give the effect of depth, possibly indicating a cave opening, portal to XIB'AL'BA. This area has not been altered by modern restoration! The deity's three-dimensional rib cage, and skeletal arms and legs become even more gruesome with this unique and innovative shading technique used by the scribe. The inscription appears to be a combination of PSS and possibly shows Emblem Glyphs. Size: 9" H (22.9 cm)
. Photographed and rolled out by Justin, and in Kerr archive #9132
Provenance: ex- private Florida, USA collection, ex - Erasmo Toledo, Coral Gables FL, 1960's; ex-Chuck Warren, Coconut Grove FL, 1970's
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In very fine condition; several breaks have been professionally repaired and where there was slight distortion and loss of the pieces, minor fill has been added to stabilize and strengthen. Figure, itself, has very minimal paint touch up; the long heiroglyphic inscription has been damaged in several areas but enough of each glyph remained to allow restrengthening of the line. Restoration was done by Barbara Kerr in 2008.