Ulua Valley, Honduras, Late Classic, c. 600 – 850 AD
Expertly painted with two underworld palace scenes, each with a mythological half-figure seated under a flamboyantly decorated canopy holding a large feathered implement with long tassel or ribbons to the front, another standing figure tilted way forward from the waist and looking intensely at a small stepped pyramid altar, while holding a bag with one hand and a wand in the other. In excellent condition. Examined under blacklight: no apparent repairs or restorations, three short stress cracks, one strengthened with glue.
From the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Gans
Height: 7 ¾ inches