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Ulúa Alabaster Vessel with Effigy Handles Late Classic/Early Postclassic, circa AD 600 - 950

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from a European Private Collection

Ulúa Alabaster Vessel with Effigy Handles Late Classic/Early Postclassic, circa AD 600 - 950

Ulúa Alabaster Vessel with Effigy Handles Late Classic/Early Postclassic, circa AD 600 - 950

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from a European Private Collection

Ulúa Alabaster Vessel with Effigy Handles

Late Classic/Early Postclassic, circa AD 600 - 950 


Length: 10 in. ( 25.3 cm)

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Fine Arts of Ancient Lands, New York
European Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1980
Denver Art Museum, long term loan, 1998 - 2017
The Ulúa valley tradition of white stone vessels was a specialized form developed over generations of artisans, in a relatively small geographic region. The style is prized for the creamy white stone often revealing the inherent translucent quality of the stone. The effigy handles are a trademark of the Ulúa tradition, featuring creatures of the earth and sky.
The deep rounded bowl is supported by the short ring base; the handles are two strong heads of raptorial birds, each marked by the large circular eye, and short downturned beak with the raised caruncle.