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Cylindrical Vessel
1st?2nd century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Mayan
Creator Name-CRT: Maya
Title: Cylindrical Vessel
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 1st?2nd century
Creation Place: Guatemala
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Description: The simple elegance of this vessel belies the complex skills needed to achieve the delicate "fire-clouding" that adorns the base. The contrasting red and black fields evoke nothing so much as the fires from which the vessel emerged, a smooth flame rising from coarse coals. The incised lines around the circumference mark different zones, which in later times become fields for pictorial and hieroglyphic information. The overall sophistication of the vessel indicates probable use in royal rituals, but the unusual tapered, cylindrical shape says little about its precise function.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1982.207.7
Credit Line: Gift of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1982
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1982.207.7
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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