Small terracotta vessel ”Maya”

80 €

Pre-Columbian era, Maya culture, Guatemala, Mesoamerica, private collection from Finland.

This curious small terracotta vessel are from the Maya civilization, Pre-Columbian era Guatemala, Central America, and dated 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. The form of this terracotta vessel are quite unusual and the purpose of this vessel are unclear. Good condition. Age-related wear and minor defects, including cracks and miniscule fractures. Dirt, dust and soil. Size approx. 8,0cm x 3,0cm x 2,5cm. Weight c. 13g.