Multiple levels of the cosmos converge in this intricately painted plate. Emerging from the dark waters of a sinkhole, the rain god Chahk occupies center stage. Exuberant tendrils emerge from his head, terminating in personified flowers, a roaring jaguar, and a serpent. Celestial creatures reign above, including a bird and a crocodile-headed being in the upper right. Below, a partly effaced Maize God sprouts from the submerged rhizome of a water lily.
Plato trípode con escena mitológica México o Guatemala Siglo VII al VIII Cerámica, pigmento
Múltiples niveles del cosmos se muestran en este plato ricamente decorado. De las aguas negras de un pozo emerge Chahk, el dios de la lluvia, para ocupar el lugar central. En su cabeza hay brotes que terminan en flores personificadas, un jaguar que ruge y una serpiente. En lo alto reinan criaturas celestiales, entre las que se hallan un pájaro y un ser con cabeza de cocodrilo. Abajo, parcialmente borrado, el dios del maíz brota del rizoma sumergido de un lirio acuático.
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Title:Tripod plate with mythological scene
Geography:Guatemala or Mexico
Medium:Ceramic with red, cream, and black slip
Dimensions:Diam. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of the Mol Collection, 2021
[Fine Arts of Ancient Lands, before 1981]; the Mol Collection, until 2021
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