Guatemala, Escuintla Region / Incense-burner Cover / c. 500Guatemala, Escuintla Region
Incense-burner Cover
c. 500

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Guatemalan
Creator Name-CRT: Guatemala, Escuintla Region
Title: Incense-burner Cover
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 495
Creation End Date: 505
Creation Date: c. 500
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with slip and pigments
Dimensions: Overall: 45.2cm x 43.1cm x 30.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.25
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Guatemala, Escuintla Region
Context: This elaborate clay construction served as the cover and chimney of a basin used to burn copal incense. Although probably manufactured in what is now Guatemala, the form and fabrication are based on examples from Teotihuacan in central Mexico, hundreds of miles away. Intensive trade between the two regions, or even a Teotihuacan colony in Guatemala seems likely. The masked, dressed, and ornamented moundlike form probably represents a mortuary bundle or a cult image.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.25
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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