Veracruz Carved Bowl

500 AD to 800 AD

3 1/2″ tall by 8″ in diameter

A large and rare carved bowl from the Rio Blanco area of Central Veracruz, Mexico. 

This vessel is mold made by joining two halves that depict a mythological scene involving a warrior king and a saurian creature. He wears a large headress and a simple loincloth, while holding a trophy head in his hand. The animal is depicted with a crocodile head and tail. It has the body of a coyote. There is a bird of prey and another warrior involved in the scene. 

It is made from a buff clay with the surface polished. The rim is painted in a deep red. Ample mineral deposits, both inside and outside, attest to its ancient age.

Ex Dr R Fernandez MD collection. Acquired in the 1940s.



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