Pre-Columbian, Veracruz region of Mexico, Pabellon style, ca. 750 to 900 CE. A ceramic cylinder vessel with a lustrous reddish-brown surface whose exterior has been molded to display bas-relief bands of deities and chiefs with glyph-like elements. These fantastical depictions are rare today, with few surviving examples of vessels like this one known. Vessels of the Pabellon style demonstrate the close connections between Veracruz and the Maya to their south, including showing that they had a shared iconography that related to the pan-cultural belief system of ancient Mesoamerica. Size: 5.25" W x 3.675" H (13.3 cm x 9.3 cm)
See a similar example in the Maya Vase Database: http://research.mayavase.com/kerrmaya_hires.php?vase=3669
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-collection of Drs. Saul Tuttman & Gregory Siskind, New York, New York, USA
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Repaired from multiple pieces, with some losses along the repair lines as well as a few other surface chips and nicks. Repairs are generally unobtrusive and do not impact the carved motifs, which are very clear.