Bowl with a Monkey Scribe and K'awiil, God of Lightning Artist: Unknown

A.D. 700–800

Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas

Ceramic with carved decoration and pigment


4 3/4 × 5 1/2 in. (12.1 × 14 cm)
Max. diameter: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number



Late Classic Period


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Ex November Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, NY, 11/22/1978, Lot 171. Sold through PB in 1981, resold at a subsequent sale; Sotheby's sale May 14, 2004, lot 198
  • "Acquisitions 2004," in "African Art at Yale," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005), 151, ill
  • Sotheby's, New York, Sotheby's African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art, sale cat. (May 14, 2004), 167, lot 198, sold for $12,000
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Additional information

Object/Work type

bowls (vessels), mythology

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