Classic Period, A.D. 450–650
Object Place: #Veracruz, #Mexico
Semi-hemispherical bowl with three, rounded supports. Decorated on two sides with a wide panel of white slip paint and incised with the image of a seated person. The base is carved with the image of a seated supernatural.
Veracruz pottery is renowned for its simple, elegant shapes and its fine-grained clay bodies, which permitted incised lines mimicking painting. The image on this bowl may depict a denuded warrior prepared for ritual sacrifice; he holds a processional staff, and a rope encircles his neck.
Bird effigy vessel
Middle Formative period, 900–600 BC
Object Place: #Mexico, Las Bocas ( #Puebla) area (?), Central Highlands
Effigy vessel modeled in the shape of a #bird with hooked short beak, large eye area, and ruffled feather-like area at the back of the head. The beak and large eye area recall those of the laughing falcon, although the tuff recalls that of #hawks and the harpy #eagle. The short tail and wings and overly large head suggest the depiction of a young bird. Its chest is embellished with incised curvilinear motifs that may refer to the “composite zoomorph” of Olmec symbolic imagery. Red pigment adheres to sections of these motifs as well as inside the bird’s open mouth.
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ACCESSories to ACCESS higher states.
Ancient Andean societies wore body ornaments made from natural materials that, depending on size, nature and design, conveyed specific messages. This necklace made from triangular animal bones would have been worn by the elite, to distinguish themselves and show their ability to access various worlds and states of nature. These polished bones are assembled as the sun’s rays 🌞 , intended to invoke the vital power of the STAR.✨
Kohunlich is a archaeological site of the pre-columbian Maya Civilization and is located on the Yucatán Peninsula in the State of Quintana Roo.
The area was settled by 200 BC but most of the structures were built in the Early Classic period from about 250 to 600 AD. Many of them are still covered with thick vegetation and overgrown by trees.
The site is best known for its Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by huge humanized stucco masks (as seen in this photo). The Temple was built around 500 A.D. and is one of the oldest structures at Kohunlich.
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