Maya Polychrome Monkey Vase

 

Maya Polychrome Monkey Vase

An ancient Maya vase, cylindrical in shape, with polychrome decoration on the exterior featuring the lively bodies of two monkeys on either side, their modeled heads serving as handles, glyphs below.

Ulua Valley Type.
Ca. 500-800 AD.
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm).
Intact.

This vessel was most likely used in association with religious ritual, possibly containing a concoction thought to cure the sick or bring about a hallucinogenic experience.

Formerly in the Cary collection, Los Angeles, CA; previously with Messick Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Inv#: 6795

$3,500

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