Guatemala

Maya Sun God Urn

 

 

500 AD to 800 AD

5 3/4″ tall by 7 1/4″ in diameter

A beautiful Maya urn from the Kiche region of Guatemala. This piece represents Kinch Ahua, also known as the Sun God. 

The vessel would have held a cache at one time and is thick walled. The facial features have all been applied. It has large eyes, a large nose and a small mouth with a lip piercing. The two disks on the bottom of the face, represent ear spools. 

Spiked nubs are found on the side and back. These represent the young Ceiba tree, which sprouts these when young for protection. It is also known as the Maya Tree of Life and is the center of the Maya universe. This makes it extremely important iconography. 

There are remants of Maya blue and stucco over a red painted face. It is a tripod vessel and rests on three small nub legs.

Ex Christopher Domino collection from Costa Mesa, California. It was gifted to him in the 1970s. 

 

 

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