Incense Burner Lid with Female Figure

Incense Burner Lid with Female Figure

AD 450-650
Culture
Maya
Country
Guatemala, Escuintla
lid, incense burner
Painted ceramic
Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis
2002.93
. Incense Burner Lid with Female Figure. AD 450-650. Painted ceramic. Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis. 2002.93.
Dimensions
height: 17 3/8 in, 44.1325 cm; width: 9 3/4 in, 24.765 cm; depth: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Unknown Artist
Incense Burner Lid with Female Figure
Maya
About A.D. 450–650
Guatemala, Escuintla
Painted ceramic

The Escuintla region on the Pacific slopes of Guatemala has yielded numerous artifacts in a hybrid Maya-Teotihuacan style.  It is thought that the Teotihuacan people of central Mexico maintained a presence in the tropical Escuintla area, perhaps to obtain goods such as cacao and feathers.  This incense burner lid is both exceptionally beautiful, and iconographically unusual.  A seated female figure wears a bird costume, and holds a fish in each hand.

Known Provenance
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Exhibition History
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017