Illustrations of Artifact Categories Subject to U.S. Import Restriction
Guatemala - Maya Miniature Shell Vase
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Maya Miniature Shell Vase
Type of Object: Vessel
Material: Ceramic
Measurements: 2.1 to 4.4 cm. in height.
Date or Period: Late Classic
Maker: Lowland Maya
Designated List Section: IB5 Special Forms - Miniature Vessels
Date of Import Restriction: 04/15/1991
Photograph: Institute of Anthropology and History, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala
Copyright: Institute of Anthropology and History, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala
 
Description of Designated List Category Subject to Import Restrictions:
Miniature vases in shape of shells with carved and molded designs on front. Scene may depict an event in Popol Vuh, the Maya book in which God emerges from a shell. Shells were used to hold pigments used by Maya scribes and painters.
Keywords:
ceramic, Lowland Maya, miniature, shell, vase, vessel,

 


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