Terracotta pottery dish ”Maya”
Pre-Columbian Guatemala, Mesoamerica, private collection from Helsinki, Finland.
This fine small terracotta bowl are from the Maya-civilization, pre-Columbian era Guatemala, Central America c. 1400AD.
Pre-Columbian art encompasses the artefacts created by the indigenous peoples from the second millennium BC to the time of arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, when the existing culture were conquered by the Europeans.
Beyond the more familiar civilisations such as the Incas and the Maya, smaller ethnic groups were able to develop their own distinctive cultures and artistic style. Many of these civilizations had long faded by the time of the first permanent European colonies and are known only through archaeological investigations and oral history.
A very large proportion of pre-Columbian art is made of terracotta. This small flat terracotta bowl has painted decoration on the rim with red and white pigments. Several defects and fractures. Repaired. Age-related wear. Size c. 12cm x 12cm x 2cm.