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The Iconography of a Late Classic Polychrome Maya Vessel from Petén, Guatemala

Author(s): Lauren Copeland

Year: 2017

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While elite Maya polychrome ceramics often contain images and inscriptions related to political actors, motifs on the majority of polychrome ceramics relate to important elements of ancient Maya cosmology. This poster analyzes the iconography on a Classic Maya polychrome vessel from Petén, Guatemala donated to the San Bernardino County Museum. The central figure on the interior of the bowl is a deer and a supernatural figure is painted on the inside wall. Terrestrial motifs are found on both the interior and exterior, emphasizing the centrality of the animate Earth.

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The Iconography of a Late Classic Polychrome Maya Vessel from Petén, Guatemala. Lauren Copeland. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430813)


Ceramic Iconography Maya

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15196

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America