Maya Relief Vase with Monkeys
A Pre-Columbian Mayan cylindrical vase with polychrome decoration featuring the lively bodies of two monkeys on either side, their heads modeled in full relief serving as handles, glyphs above.
Late Classic Period.
The Maya were the dominant culture in Meso-America between the 3rd century BC and the end of the first millennium AD. Their architecture and art are of the finest found in Pre-Columbian America. Their highly developed pottery industry produced a wide variety of vase forms that varied widely in their decorative motifs and functions.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection.