Mayan Polychrome Cylindrical Vase Fragment

SKU PF.1900
Circa

600 AD to 900 AD

Dimensions

9″ (22.9cm) high x 6.875″ (17.5cm) wide

Medium

Terracotta

Origin

Guatemala

Gallery Location

USA


 

Even its fragmentary state cannot disguise the masterful energy of this painted vase. Cylinder vases provide a fascinating glimpse into the Mayan empire at its height. They record the rituals, ceremonies and myths that were at the core of aristocratic Mayan life. This vividly painted vessel depicts a seated dignitary, wearing an elaborate feathered headdress, who holds a sacrificial object. Above and behind him, painted glyphs record the proceedings. The artist has used a bold palette of yellow and orange which lends a barbarous spendor to the scene. As we gaze upon it, we are transported backward into a mysterious, vanished world.

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