21 November 2006
MAYAN POLYCHROME VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, ca. A.D. 550 - 950
painted on a black ground indicating a scene from the Underworld with two seated dignitaries, possibly the Hero Twins, each emerging from the maw, mouth, of a mythical serpent, extending the right hand and grasping an implement, a rounded bundle as offering below, each adorned with a sweeping waterlily headdress and tattoos along the face and torso, in black, cream, and vivid orange.
Height 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.)
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Sankt Augustin, Frauen des alten Amerika in Kult und Alltag, Museum Haus Volker und Kulturen, March 11 - November 18, 2001, pg. 18, illus.
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