Maya Lidded Polychrome Effigy Vessel Early Classic, circa AD 250-450
- Height of jar: 5 in (14.9 cm); height of lid: 4 in (10.3 cm)
Fine Arts of the Americas, New York, acquired from the above in early-mid 1970s
European Private Collection, acquired from the above on March 14, 1979
The fishing cormorant references the iconography of the mediators of the three levels of the universe, becoming a supernatural traversing of the celestial sky, watery surface and underworld. For Early Classic blackware ceramics of this important theme, see the Jay C. Leff vessel in Easby, Ancient Art of Latin America from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, New York, 1966, p. 103, fig. 456; see also Fields and Reents-Budet, Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship, London, 2005, p. 128, fig. 32, fig. 33 for a polychrome example, and p. 209, fig. 103 for a similar vessel.