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Censer Lid with a Figure in a Bird Costume, Guatemala, probably Escuintla, Teotihuacan style, A.D. 400–650. Ceramic with pigment and mica. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Peter David Joralemon, B.A. 1969, M.Phil. 1974

June 22, 2018

Ceramic Censer Lid Joins the Art of the Ancient Americas Collection

An exceptional ceramic censer lid, recently donated to the Art of the Ancient Americas collection, graces the entryway of the newly reinstalled Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation Gallery. In ancient Mesoamerica, the burning of aromatic offerings was a vital means of engaging with supernatural powers. This elaborately decorated lid, although reminiscent of objects from Teotihuacan, Mexico, is likely from Escuintla, Guatemala, where artists worked in a similar but decidedly livelier and less standardized style.

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