Maya Bowl With Inscription


Maya Bowl With Inscription

A Pre-Columbian Mayan large orange-cream colored pottery bowl inscribed with a band of glyphs in black below the rim in the Primary Standard Sequence, naming the owner and contents of the vessel, possibly cacao (chocolate).

Central America.
Ca. 500-800 AD.
Height: 6 1/4 in. (16 cm).

The Maya were the dominant culture in Meso-America between the 3rd century BC and the end of the first millennium AD. Their architecture and art are of the finest found in Pre-Columbian America. Their highly developed pottery industry produced a wide variety of vase forms that varied widely in their decorative motifs and functions.

Formerly in a Virginia private collection.

Inv#: 5543


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