Important Maya Vase With Birth of a God

755 AD to 780 AD

9″ tall by 6″ wide

An extremely rare and large Maya cylinder vase from the Motul de San Jose area of Guatemala, near Lake Peten Itza and Tikal. 

This fantastic piece is impressive for its condition and complex iconography. It is important because it shows the birth of a god. Two rulers are in an Underworld scene and are facing each other as well as the birthing, which is represented by the dwarf. 

Ex Lost World Artifacts, Ex Howard Knowes collection, Ex William Cohen collection from Florida. 

This piece has a sister vase in the Boston MFA and was most likely brought out of Guatemala in the late 60s with the other. Both are identical in iconography with the museum example having a black background.

The vase is in as found original condition with no repairs or restoration, which is uncommon. Most of these are heavily restored and embellished. The paint is all original and untouched. There is a stabilized fineline coming off the rim and a probe hit near the bottom with a crack that has been stabilized. 


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