23 May 2007
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
MAYAN POLYCHROME CYCLINDER VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550 - 950
painted in the Ik style, the accession and presentation scene with five figures, including a standing lord wearing a layered paper tunic known as a 'sacrifice garment,' indicating a bloodletting rite, avian headdress holding a tiny bundle in one hand, possibly an Ah 'Khun bundle, a tribute bearer kneeling before the ruler and holding a cloth bundle, behind him a standing attendant holding a large polished pyrite mirror in a dish with a cloth rolled around it, mirrors were often symbolic for death, two further attendants, one with corpulent physique, possibly the royal bookeeper, who is present to account for gifts and tribute, pink glyphs in the field and along one portion of the rim, black tab on the inside rim
Height 6 3/4 in. (17.3 cm.)
In the owner's collection since the 1970s.
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