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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: -10
Creation End Date: 99
Creation Date: 1st century B.C.?1st century A.D.
Creation Place: Guatemala
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Description: The clean lines and spare ornament of this Maya ceramic vessel illustrate the early stages of an art form for which the ancient Maya have become renowned. The refined simplicity of style and noble presentation of form in this early Maya cylinder suggests ownership by a person of rank; however, the object's good condition refutes any suggestion of use in daily life. The fine proportions, with a flat base, tall, slender sides, and slightly flared mouth, are accentuated by the simple incised vertical lines and the horizontal band that tops them. This elegant vessel predates the painted cylinders with narrative scenes for which the Maya are well known, but its tall shape resonates in later work.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1982.207.6
Credit Line: Gift of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1982
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1982.207.6
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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