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Copador Style Mayan Polychrome Bowl - PF.5657
Origin: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high x 8.5" (21.6cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: Hong-Kong
Location: UAE
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A frieze of six stylized turkeys, a staple of the Mayan diet, marches around the interior rim of this bowl. Painted with red tails and necks, they hold a black object in their mouths that appears to represent a worm. A black ring, surrounding the red center of the bowl, frames the lower boundary of this turkey frieze. A ring of black dots encircles the upper half. A diagonal mesh pattern fills the space between the dots and the red rim of the vessel. A row of numerous miniature turkeys adorns the exterior body of the bowl. Underneath this frieze is the same mesh pattern above black-filled circles seen on the interior. Clearly, this bird has a symbolic significance, perhaps sacrificial or ritualistic, directly related to this vessel. Discovered in a tomb, buried alongside a fallen ruler or important dignitary, this bowl was as essential for the afterlife as it no doubt was in this world. - (PF.5657)


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