23 May 2007
MAYAN CARVED CONTAINER
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550 - 950
of rounded form, deeply molded along the sides with two repeated bands of twelve glyphs including a reference to fresh green 'May' tobacco, molded on each side with the head of the God Pax, with an aged physiognomy, Roman nose and scroll-marked eye, wearing elaborate jewelry and pectoral and complex plumed headdress within a quadripartite portal, covered in cream and red pigment.
Height 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.)
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Post Lot Text
Cf. Art of the Maya Scribe, pl. 49, figs. 3 and 4, for the deity type
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