Quadruped Vessel with Peccary Feet and a Lid with a Bird-and-Fish Handle
Ceramic with tan, red, green (oxidized black), black, and white pigment
Decoration in paint and modeled clay covers all available space on this lidded bowl, created by a Maya artist in about A.D. 250--400. The handle applied to the lid of the vessel is formed by the arching neck and head of a bird pulling a fish into its mouth; the bodies of both the bird and the fish are painted on the surface of the lid in tan, red, and black. The body of the vessel features a variety of geometric designs painted in black and white, set against a red background. The legs of the vessel are modeled peccary heads, their snouts down, eyes painted in, and mouths indicated by slits, into which ceramic beads were inserted to create a rattle effect.
Mary Miller, “Precolumbian Art of Mexico and Central America at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (199596): 18, fig. 1.
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Mary Miller et al., Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, eds. Daniel Finamore and Stephen D. Houston, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Peabody Essex Museum, 2010), 50, no. 5, ill.