Mayan Anthropomorphic Lidded Cache Vessel

8844. Mayan Anthropomorphic Lidded Cache Vessel

El Quiche style, Ca. 600 to 900 AD.

For an excellent reference, see Maya, edited by Schmidt, La Garza, and Nalda, 1999, p. 647. A similar example can b found in Pre Columbian Art from the Land Collection, Nicholson, H B; 1979; nos 154 & 155. Size: 8-1/4 inches H. with lid. Provenance: Private AZ Coll. Acquired about 1993.
This polychrome terracotta ceremonial vessel represents an important aspect of Mayan culture and burial rituals and would have been placed in a tomb and filled with important possessions. The fierce and joyful character of the figures would have been intended to guide the spirit of the deceased into the next world, and the items placed inside the jar were believed to manifest anew in another dimension with their reincarnated host. This particular vessel is extremely creative and unusual in that the handle itself possesses an entire figure of its own; many of these vessels have small heads as their handles but this one possesses an entire individual figure. The bowl is decorated with a stylized face in relief, wearing small round ear spools, crimped rim and standing on small tripod feet. The lid is decorated with a large seated chief wearing an impressive feathered headdress.


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