Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A beautiful hand-built pottery cylinder vessel with a flat base, a lightly-corseted body, a deep interior cavity, and a thick rim. The highly-burnished vessel boasts an elaborate set of two large glyphs, perhaps the heads of deities, their sinuous tendril-form projections colored with deep red-orange pigment and outlined in black, with a register of three-part glyphs along the top border just beneath the rim, and two vertical columns comprised of solid bars enclosing four glyphs each. Size: 4.4" W x 7.2" H (11.2 cm x 18.3 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private J. H. Poway collection, California, USA
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Repaired from multiple pieces with light restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Minor abrasions to rim, body, and base, with light fading to original pigmentation. Light earthen deposits throughout. Old inventory label beneath base.