Deep rounded bowl on a shallow foot with flared side, with two engraved serpent glyphs on either side with the remains of stucco and a red cinnabar.
Size: 4-3/4 inches (11cm) high, 7.6cm diameter.
Provenance John Wise Gallery, New York. Private Collection, Canada, acquired from the above in 1981. Choice and rare in this quality.
The serpent was a very important social and religious symbol, revered by the Maya. Maya mythology describes serpents as being the vehicles by which celestial bodies, such as the sun and stars, cross the heavens. The shedding of their skin made them a symbol of rebirth and renewal. They were so revered, that one of the main Mesoamerican deities, Quetzalcoatl, was represented as a feathered serpent.
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