A beautifully decorated polychrome Mayan copador bowl with a fluted lower base, the exterior with a wide frieze depicting six seated chiefs holding ceremonial tools. The interior is decorated with a cosmogram center and a frieze of five long-legged birds holding rattle balls in their beaks.
Background: Mayan civilization in ancient times is noted for the Mayan script, the only known fully developed writing system of the pre- Colombian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems. Maya cities reached their highest state of development during the Classic period (c. AD 250 to 900) and continued throughout the Post-Classic period until the arrival of the Spanish. Maya influence can be detected in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and western El Salvador to as far away as central Mexico, more than 1,000 km (620 mi) from the central Maya area. The many outside influences found in Mayan art and architecture are thought to have resulted from trade and cultural exchange rather than direct external conquest.
Condition: Scattered mineral deposits on the surface. Repaired from a few large original pieces with restoration over the break lines.
Dimensions: Width: 8-1/8 inches (20cm)
Provenance: Private collection of Dr. David Harner, Arkansas, 1950s-1960s, collection #OZ.03.03. Thereafter private Nevada collection, exhibited at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (that houses a substantial collection of objects from Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica) during the 1980s to early 2000s.
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