Mayan Painted Cylindrical Vase

SKU PF.1416
Circa

600 AD to 900 AD

Dimensions

6.5″ (16.5cm) high

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

El Salvador

Gallery Location

USA


 

The painted urns of the Maya recorded for posterity the myths, legends, ceremonies and beliefs of that ancient empire. With fluid line and brilliant colors, that artist depicted the coming and going of mortals and gods: court ceremony, religious ritual, fantastic stories. Though humans figure prominently, the action is sometimes mysterious, undecipherable as a dream. A continuous frieze of six figures decorates this superb vase. Some seem comical, some regal, some are clearly human, others are surely gods. As we hold such an object, our imagination is set free to wander, inventing a plot for this ancient drama. – (PF.1416)

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