Maya Floral Vase with Glyphs

550 AD to 850 AD

7 3/4″ tall by 7″ wide

A beautiful orangeware Maya vase with incised glyphs from the Pacific Slope of Guatemala. It has a bulbous form with carved floral petals as the center.

This style of ceramics came from a small region in the Guatemala highlands and was extensively traded. It was made using the coil method of applying strips of clay together to form the vase and then hand molding to achieve the desire shape. It would have taken a very skilled artisan to make this piece with the complexity of the design. The upper band of glyphs are deeply carved and very intricate for the type.

Ex Tribal Treasures Gallery in Tuscon, AZ

Ex Oscar Zelenya of Germantown, MD 1970s



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