Effigy Vessel, Ancient West Mexico Pre-Columbian Art

P-2563 A Mayan Lidded Deer Effigy Vessel


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Quiche, Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950.

This vessel is distinguished by the lid which is the figure of a deer, or hunter camouflaged in the ceremonial trappings of a young deer. The deer's front and hind legs show cloven hooves, the head with elongated snout, lidded eyes, a double pointed antler, and a headdress behind the two large ears, with a long striated coiffure folded up on the back with a headband. The neckband, bracelets, headband and multiple stone-like decorations are individually painted with a light turquoise-blue pigment. The bowl and lid are decorated with multiple rows of pointed spikes in high relief separated by reverse U-form red and blue bands, and is supported by a flaring pedestal foot.

Dimensions: Height: 11.25 in. (28.6 cm.).

Provenance: David and Bonnie Ross, Indianapolis.
Exhibited: West Lafayette, The David and Bonnie Ross Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Lee Parsons guest curator, Purdue University Galleries, August 22-October 2, 1988, no. 22, illustrated.