Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650
Lot 182
Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover,
Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650
Sold for US$ 11,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650 Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover, Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650
Lot Details
Maya Quadripod Basal-Flanged Bowl with Water Bird Finial on Cover,
Early Classic, ca. A.D. 250 - 650
Earthenware with polychrome paint
height 8 1/2in (21.5cm)

PROVENANCE
Wally and Brenda Zollman, Indianapolis, Indiana, acquired in the 1970s or earlier
Private Collection, Chicago, Illinois

PUBLISHED
Parsons, Lee, The Face Of Ancient America, Indiana University Press, 1988, pp. 102 and 103

EXHIBITED
The Face of Ancient America Indianapolis, Indiana University, June 1989

'Depicting "a fishing water bird...with a fish...ready to be caught, "with a ring band of alternating red and black dotted muluc symbols that encircle the fishing water bird image on the lid. The band divides the upper world from what Hellmuth calls the "Underwaterworld". A related water band with red dots and an alternating black design is painted inside the upper lid of this bowl. Underworld symbolism prevails on the sides and basal flange.

Four bloody images of left-facing decapitated heads painted on black backgrounds alternate with red dividers. A sash of blood-stained cloth or paper with ties appears at each neck. The basal flange itself is decorated with a band of eleven large, red, bloody spots with double black-line inscribed dividers. The fourfold symmetry is repeated in the four legs, which may be a highly stylized form of the peccary head supports that often appear on such bowls. They may represent the pillars set in the four corners of the world that support the heavens, completing the fourfold cosmogram of death and sacrifice in the underworld and upper world fertility symbolism in this Maya artist's conception.' (Parson, Ibid., p 90)
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