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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Pyriform Vessel with Serpent

A.D. 800–1200

Ceramic with Pigment, Fine Orange

18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)
base (of base): 9.7 cm(3 13/16 in.)
other (Of rim): 6.5 cm(2 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
Mexico, Maya, Isla de Sacrificios
Terminal Classic to Early Postclassic Period
Containers - Ceramics

Marquez, Merida, ca. 1951 or 1952; sold to Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New


Rosemary Sharp, “A Fine-Orange Vessel from the Olsen Collection,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 2 (Spring 1975): 8, fig. 5.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 149–50, 316, no. 326, fig. 175.

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