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Babilonia Style Mayan Polychrome Tetrapod Bowl - PF.5664
Origin: Honduras
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 9" (22.9cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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Much like some believe ancient spirits continue to haunt the earth long after their death, sacred objects continue to retain their spiritual powers, accumulated through centuries of reverence, long after the civilization that created them fades into oblivion. This object is one such example. Raised upon four feet, the center of the bowl is decorated with the image of an animal. Small black dots cover its body, save for the red legs and a red stripe arching with the contours or his back. A series of angular spikes project from the top of his back. Most likely, this creature is supposed to be a porcupine or perhaps an armadillo. This image is framed by a band or multi-colored pseudo-glyphs. The most interesting feature of this remarkable vessel is the legs sculpted in the form of an animal’s head. This is almost assuredly the same beast painted in the bowl. The heads are sculpted complete with eyeholes and a painted black nose and red mouth. Found in a tomb, buried along side a fallen king or important dignitary, this extraordinary bowl was presumably as essential in the afterlife as it was in this world. - (PF.5664)


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