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Maya Vase from Chama, Guatemala [Object of the Day #21]

By: Amy Ellsworth

"The Chama Pot" from Guatemala, ca. 700 CE
“The Chama Vase” from Guatemala, ca. 700 CE

This Maya polychrome ceramic ware from Chama, Guatemala was made around the 8th century CE. This pot is decorated with pictoral designs painted in several tints of red-orange and sepia on cream slip, red and black lines with typical Chama chevron band at top and bottom. Seven human figures in ceremony are accompanied by two to four glyphs.

Watercolor Roll-out of the Chama Pot by Mary Louise Baker
Watercolor Roll-out of the Chama Vase by Mary Louise Baker

This roll-out watercolor painting of the vase was painted by Penn Museum Artist Mary Louise Baker mid-century.

Penn Museum Object #38-14-1.

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