Lidded Vessel with Fish and Reptilian Imagery
Unknown Maya artists, Lidded Vessel with Fish and Reptilian Imagery. Mexico or Guatemala, 250–450 CE. Reduction-fired ceramic. Purchased in honor of Jan and Frederick Mayer with funds from 2001 Collector's Choice, 1998.33.
Lidded Vessel with Monstrous Fish-Shaped Handle
Mexico or Guatemala
Funds from 2001 Collectors’ Choice, 1998.33
This covered bowl formed part of a matched set of three vessels (see also 1998.34 and 1998.35) that were buried together, probably in the tomb of a Maya ruler or noble. The containers are graduated in size, and decorative programs on the lids differ from one another. The arched body of a great fish or dolphin forms the handle of this lid. The Maya underworld was understood to be a watery place, inhabited by deities and supernatural creatures.
- “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017
- “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020