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Artist: Unknown

Vessel with a Battle Scene

A.D. 600–900

Mold-pressed ceramic

15.44 × 13.28 cm (6 1/16 × 5 1/4 in.)
Gift of Peter David Joralemon, B.A. 1969, M.Phil.1974
2018.173.14
Geography: 
Made in Guatemala
or made in Mexico
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Mexico or Guatemala, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic Period
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Ex-collection-Throckmorton Fine Art, NY;
Balene McCormick* (May 7, 1936 - September 23, 2016), Houston and Santa Fe, acquired in 1980;
Ed Merrin, New York, acquired in the 1970s;
Raul Kampfer**

*President of the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; owned her own gallery in Houston; collector of African art (collection sold at Sotheby's in May 2013)

**Raul Kamfer (spanish spelling), was a well known dealer in the 1940s-1960s. Online provenance of several other Merrin pieces is Raul Kampfer. YUAG Aztec fott vessel is also ex collection of Raul Kampfer.
Could be the same Raúl Kampffer as the filmmaker.

Bibliography: 

Douglas Donne Bryant, John E. Clark, and David Cheetham, eds., Ceramic Sequence of the Upper Grijalva Region, Chiapas, Mexico (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2005), 506, n, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.