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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Chiapas, Palenque Region, Maya
Title: Incense-Burner Support
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: c. 600-900
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with pigments
Dimensions: Overall: 92.1cm x 48.3cm x 24.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1965.248
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Style or Period: Mexico, Chiapas, Palenque Region, Maya
Context: Made in the Maya region near Palenque, Chiapas, this decorated pottery cylinder was used in religious ceremonies to support a conical dish of burning incense. Modeled on the cylinder's front is the Sun God on his perilous nocturnal journey through the underworld. A layer of calcite once covered the entire incense burner support, indicating that the piece was placed in a cave. The Maya and other Mesoamerican peoples carried out religious rituals in caves, believing them to be entrances to the underworld.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1965.248
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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