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Maya Brownware Cache Vessel w/ Incised Decoration

Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to northern Central America, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. An attractive and highly-burnished brownware cache vessel of an interesting cylindrical form supported by a quartet of nubbin feet. Both sides of the exterior bear an intricately incised panel of thick vertical bands which narrow in the center, intersect, and enlarge laterally once again, with a pair of offshoot projections and a pair of abstract geometric forms in the corners, and dense latticework patterns filling the empty spaces in between. The sloping shoulder bears a less-meticulous register of triangular and intersecting linear motifs, and two curved suspension handles join the flared rim, which is designed to hold a lid, to the shoulder. A wonderful example covered in lustrous brown slip and traces of red cinnabar within the incised decorations. Size: 7.25" W x 7.25" H (18.4 cm x 18.4 cm).

Condition: Original lid missing. Repaired from multiple large pieces with some resurfacing, overpainting, and adhesive residue along break lines. Losses to lower rim, small nicks and light abrasions to base, body, handles, and rim, with fading to original pigmentation and red cinnabar. Light earthen deposits throughout. Incised decorations visible and clear.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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