Pre-Columbian, Honduras, Ulua Valley, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 850 CE. A wonderful hand-built blackware pottery vessel with a cylindrical body, a thick rim with a slight lip, and a deep interior cavity, all atop a trio of hollow spherical rattle feet. The upper body is ringed with a register of incised abstract pseudo-glyphs with linear and circular motifs. The lower body is adorned with two enormous panels featuring an elaborately-carved abstract depiction of the bird-demon Vucub Caquix (literally "Seven Macaw") after being defeated by the hero twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. The bird features an open mouth with spiraling teeth, spiraling eyes, and an intricate animal-headed headdress with further linear panels decorated with stippling. The spirals on the eyes and mouth represent the corn kernels used by healers employed by the hero twins when "helping" Vucub Caquix after his defeat. Thick traces of red cinnabar accentuate all incised areas. Size: 4.75" W x 6.625" H (12.1 cm x 16.8 cm).
Provenance: private California, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-private California, USA collection, acquired via descent from Stanley Boggs in the 1950s; ex-Stanley Boggs collection, acquired from Armando A. Lara, U.S. serviceman around 1944 to 1950s
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Repaired from approximately six original pieces with restoration over the break lines. Minor nicks and abrasions to rim, body, and feet, with fading to some areas of red cinnabar, and light softening to some incised details. Light earthen deposits throughout.