Pre-Columbian Art :
Mayan Bowls, Plates and Vessels : Copador Style Mayan Polychrome Bowl
Copador Style Mayan Polychrome Bowl - PF.5801
Origin: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras
3.25" (8.3cm) high
x 8.625" (21.9cm) wide
Location: United States
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A painted frieze of eight seated figures,
alternately painted red and black decorates the
flaring exterior rim of this vessel. They all wear
extravagant headdress with long feathers that
protrude from the back of their heads and
project forward over their faces like an antenna.
They all hold out their open hand as if about to
grasp something. Ear ornaments and decorative
bracelets are clearly visible on each figure.
Meanwhile, a frieze of turkeys, a vital staple of
the Mayan diet, fills the interior rim of this bowl.
Painted with red tail feathers and necks, they
appear to hold a black object in their mouths
that must represent a stylized worm. The
bottom of the bowl is decorated with a cross
shape painted in red with small red circles filling
the four segments. Perhaps the most unique
feature of this bowl is the bottom. Painted red,
the tapering base of the container has been
decorated with indented slanting lines. This
motif creates a spectacular design and achieves
a wonderful sense of movement. There must be
some significance between these two varied
motifs. How do the seated men, perhaps
shaman, and the turkey relate to each other?
Found inside a tomb, buried along side a ruler or
important dignitary, this vessel, probably used in
ceremonies, was as essential in the afterlife as it
was in this world.