23 May 2007
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
MAYAN CODEX VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550 - 950
the 'Dynastic' vessel with slightly inward curving walls covered with rows of glyphs naming the accession of nine rulers, all mythical, one glyph reads 'jaguar' perhaps a reference to King Jaguar Paw, fifty-four glyphs painted in black.
Height 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.)
In the owner's collection since 1965
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Francis Robicsek and Donald M. Hales, The Maya Book of the Dead, the Ceramic Codex, Charlottesville, 1981, pg. (?), plate (?).
Kerr, Maya Vase, vol.5, New York, pg. 846, K2094
Post Lot Text
A group of 'Dynastic Sequence' codex vessels are a distinct sub-catagory within the mostly mythologically-based iconography associated with the codex style. The typical hieroglyphic texts painted on these vessels included list of very ancient or even apocryphal kings at times including emblem glyphs. All the dates given in the fifty-two year Calendar Round are not anchored in the Long Count. These painted texts create a bridge between a mythological and legendary dynastic past.
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