Voir Reents-Budet, Painting the Maya Universe, 1994, p. 323, n° 19, pour le vase très apparenté conservé au Museo Popul Vuh, au Guatemala ; et Schmidt, de la Garza et Nalda, Maya, 1998, p. 640, fig. 480 et 481, pour d’autres vases figuratifs en deux parties. Voir aussi le vase figuratif en deux parties de la collection Barbier-Mueller, Sotheby's, Paris, 22-23 mars 2013, n° 123. Et pour un bol présentant un engobe noir et un faciès à cornes similaire voir Fields et Reents-Budet, Lords of Creation, 2006, p. 144, n° 46.
Maya two-part effigy vessels are a feature of the Early Classic ceramic tradition, but most often are full figures with the upper torso forming the lid. An individual head such as this form, is a rarely depicted type. This lustrous blackware vessel portrays a stern and forceful deity with bearded chin, wrinkled nose and large other worldly eyes indicating a transformed individual. Such google-eyes are a typical feature of the Palenque Triad deities, God GI-III, including the Sun god. Here the brows are thick raised bands and form the base of the removable lid which is designed like a helmet with projecting stems filled with clappers. Perhaps functioning as a cache vessel, raising the lid would have been accompanied by the sound of ceramic bells.
For the head vessel in the Museo Popul Vuh, Guatemala, see Reents-Budet, Painting the Maya Universe, 1994, p. 323, no. 19; for the two-part figural vessels of the genre, see Schmidt, de la Garza, Nalda, eds., Maya, 1998, p. 640, figs. 480 and 481; see also the two-part head vessel from the Barbier-Mueller collection, Sotheby's, Paris, March 22-23, 2013, lot 123. And for a blackware lidded bowl bearing an exaggerated face and 'horns', see Fields and Reents-Budet, Lords of Creation, 2006, p. 144, no. 46.
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