Maya Plumbate Deity Tripod

900 AD to 1200 AD

7 3/4″ tall by 7 3/4″ wide

A rare and large Maya plumbate figural tripod vessel from the Mexican/Guatemalan Pacific Coast area. This region produced these pieces to be traded and sold all across the Maya realm. They are known to be the only glazed ceramics in the Pre-Columbian world. 

This example is done in a grey color and has a nicely incised decoration. He wears a large pectoral that looks like a jaguar tooth. Both hands rest on his chest and he has one knee to the ground. The age lines on his face indicate that he could be the Old God. The vessel is done to look like he has wings. This affirms his supernatural qualities. The foot from his kneeling leg serves as the third support. 

There are some areas of loss to the slip, but it is otherwise as found, with no breaks, repairs or restoration. A cool and charming example!

Ex Stendahl Gallery from Los Angeles, California. Acquired in the 1960s. 



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