Vincent Price Estate: Large Mayan Tripod Bowl c. 600 AD

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  • Item Category: Antiquities
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 08, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
This stunning Mayan Tripod bowl comes from Vincent Price's personal collection.
Price began collection pre-Columbian art in the 1940s and collected both in situ and from many of the top dealers, including Stendahl. I
t measures 2 1/2" high x 11 1/4" diameter.
This bowl is valued at $2,500.
It depicts a priest in a full feather headdress kneeling and holding a snake.
It is a tripod bowl with three small legs.
It has been cracked and repaired (these are very old repairs).
On the rear are all the old collection stamps and numbers.
About Mayan art: As unique and spectacular as any Greek or Roman architecture, Maya architecture spans many thousands of years; yet, often the most dramatic and easily recognizable as Maya are the fantastic stepped pyramids from the Terminal Pre-classic period and beyond. Being based on the general Mesoamerican architectural traditions these pyramids relied on intricate carved stone in order to create a stair-step design. Each pyramid was dedicated to a deity whose shrine sat at its peak. During this "height" of Maya culture, the centers of their religious, commercial and bureaucratic power grew into incredible cities, including Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Uxmal. Through observation of the numerous consistent elements and stylistic distinctions, remnants of Maya architecture have become an important key to understandi
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