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Cylinder vase Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–800 - Honduras
Overall (H x D): 26 x 10.5 cm (10 1/4 x 4 1/8 in.) - Earthenware wtih red, orange and black on cream slip paint

Two renderings of the Jaguar god of the Underworld, one on each side of the vase, depict him seated on a throne composed of crossed femurs and disembodied eyes surrounded by the black waters of the Underworld. The deity holds a large sacrificial knife in his left hand, and blood splatters are found on his I-shaped pectoral and perhaps on his loincloth. The red background of the vase and the crossed femurs and eyeballs floating in the red background further invoke the theme of sacrifice. The two renderings of the Jaguar god of the Underworld are separated by a vertical stack of skeletal saurian heads that likely portray the witz/sacred mountain, an important place of Creation and an entrance into the Underworld realm.  The two hieroglyphic texts may be pseudo-glyphs although the lower band contains some readable signs. Their style recalls that of Copador pottery from Honduras and El Salvador as well as some pottery types from southern Belize. The texts may comprise a name or title sequence of the Jaguar god of the Underworld.
 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Honduras Cuyamal Style

Ceramic vessels with geometric rim band and two lug handles, as well as Bottles with differential firing on an orange background and globular body with sculpted geometric designs.

Cuyamal Monochrome Cylinder - Formative Period

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Cuyamal Monochrome Bowl - Formative Period

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Cuyamal Monochrome Bottle/Flask - Formative Period

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Cuyamal Monochrome Effigy bottle - Formative Period

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Cuyamal polychrome Effigy bottle - Formative Period

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Cuyamal Monochrome Bottle/Flask - Formative Period

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Cuyamal Monochrome Bottle/Flask - Formative Period

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Honduras Acbi and Coner Chilanga
on Usulutan Style

Characterized by bowls with resist and red painted designs (dots, irregular patches, geometric designs) on orange or cream slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Bowl supports include mammiforms and hollow and solid feet, pedestal supports. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993; Viel 1993.

Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Early Classic Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

 

Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

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Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

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Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic
Acbi and Coner Chilanga on Usulutan Dish - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

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Honduras Acbi Blackware Style

Ceramic blackware vessel with a pedestal support. Incised decoration present on the exterior. See Viel 1993.

Acbi Blackware Vessel - Chorti/Maya - Late Classic

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Honduras Acbi Melano  Style

Characterized by bowls and cylinders, which may have pedestal, tripod or tetrapod supports. The exterior is a black burnished surface. Designs include incised, excised and modeled geometric motifs, which have post-fire red pigment.See Viel 1993.

Acbi Melano Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Late Classic

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Honduras Acbi Style

This example shows a vessel with slightly flarring walls with vertical grove geometric designs on the exterior. It has a red polished surface.

Acbi Bowl - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

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Honduras Acbi Polychrome Style

Characterized by basal-flange bowls with pedestal supports. In some cases vessels have corresponding lids with anthropomorphic knobs (as shown). The interior and exterior is decorated with red and black designs on an orange background. Interior has bands and naturalistic motifs; the exterior has a variety of geometric and naturalistic motifs (monkeys are common). See Viel 1993.

Acbi Polychrome Plate w/Lid - Chorti/Maya Early Classic

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Honduras Acbi Bozo Style

Characterized by bowls and cylinders with a white slip and red geometric decoration. In some cases motifs may be incised. See Viel 1993.

Acbi Bozo Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Acbi Calamar Style

Acbi Calamar Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Acbi Gruta Style

Ceramic bowls with decorative tripod legs and pattern burnished vertical lines on the exterior brown surface.

   

Acbi Gruta Plate - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Acbi Monochrome Style

Characterized by flat dishes with flaring walls and an open V spout. See Viel 1993.

Acbi Monochrome Dish/Plate with fold spout - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Usurpar Style

Characterized by tripod cylinders and bowls of various types. The exterior is a black/brown burnished surface. Designs are a combination of excised, incised and modeled motifs (geometric, naturalistic, and symbolic) in slight relief. Specific motifs include false glyphs, volutes, profile faces and serpent heads. A post-fire red pigment may be present. See Viel 1993.

Acbi Usurpar Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Acbi Usurpar Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Honduras Bijac/Acbi Usulutan

Characterized by vessels (bowls, plates and cylinders) with negative resist designs (dots, irregular patches, wavy lines, geometric designs) on orange, red or cream slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Supports include mammiforms and hollow and solid feet, pedestal supports. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Viel 1993.

Bijac/Acbi Usulutan Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Acbi Usulutan Plate - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Acbi Usulutan Plate - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Acbi Usulutan Plate - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Honduras Usulutan Style

Characterized by vessels (bowls, plates and cylinders) with negative resist designs (dots, irregular patches, wavy lines, geometric designs) on orange, red or cream slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Supports include mammiforms and hollow and solid feet, pedestal supports. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993.

Honduras Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Usulutan Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Usulutan Chabij Style

Characterized by vessels (bowls, plates and cylinders) with negative resist designs (dots, irregular patches, wavy lines, geometric designs) on orange, red or cream slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Supports include mammiforms and hollow and solid feet, pedestal supports. Fine paste matrix. This example shows a "shoe-shaped" vessel with two loop handles at the rim. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993.

Usulutan (Chabij) Jar - Chorti/Maya Late Formative

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Honduras Bijac Style

Typically tall cylinders have a flaring rim and conical tripod supports. There is differential firing on a burnished, natural background.

Bijac Biege Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Bijac Effigy Vessel - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Bijac Effigy Vessel - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Bijac Effigy Vessel - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Honduras Coner Style

Characterized by vessels with incised and/or carved and sculpted motifs on burnished surfaces. Exterior designs include fluting, glyphic bands, figures, and geometric motifs. In some cases a white or red pigment is found in the incised areas. Forms include cylinders, bowls and pitchers (rare). Vessels may have pedestal supports. See Viel 1993.

Coner Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Honduras Coner Ardilla Style

Characterized by vessels with incised and excised designs. Motifs are made prior to polishing and include geometric forms, hieroglyphic texts, figures and serpents. Forms include cylinders and bowls. See Viel 1993.

Coner Ardilla Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Late Classic

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Coner Ardilla Jar - Chorti/Maya - Late Classic

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Honduras Coner Incensario Styles

Incense burners with a decorative lids.

Coner Cacao Incensario - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Coner Sisero Incensario - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Coner Gualpopa Style

Characterized by red-purple and black designs over on an orange slipped background. Forms include bowls, jars and cylinders. Exterior motifs are a combination of geometric, symbolic and naturalistic forms (monkeys and birds are common). Interior designs include bands and occasional negative 'batik' wavy lines. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Beaudry-Corbett 1984, Viel 1993.

Coner Gualpopa Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Coner Macanudo Style

Characterized by bowls and cylinders with modeled and incised designs on a dark brown polished surface. This example shows a polished surface with vertical, scalloped fluting on the exterior.

Coner Macanudo Cylinder  - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Coner Macanudo Cylinder  - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Coner Madrugada Style

Characterized by vessels with incised and/or carved and sculpted motifs on burnished surfaces. Exterior designs include fluting, glyphic bands, figures, and geometric motifs. In some cases a white or red pigment is found in the incised areas. Forms include cylinders, bowls and pitchers (rare). Vessels may have pedestal supports. See Viel 1993.

Coner Madrugada Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Coner Madrugada Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Copan Bichrome Style

Copan Bichrome Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Copan Bichrome Bowl - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Copan Bichrome Plate with effigy feet - Chorti/Maya - Early Classic

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Honduras Copan Monochrome Style

Ceramic vessels and bowls with burnished exterior and simple geometric carved design.  Sometimes with a differential firing on a neutral background.

Copan Monochrome Cylinder - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Bowl - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Plate - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Jar - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Pitcher with decorative rope design handle - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Jar - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Bowl - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Incensario Base - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Incensario Base- Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Incensario Base & Lid - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Copan Monochrome Box - Chorti/Maya - Classic

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Honduras Copan Incised Style

White slipped bowls with a border with grooved vertical designs; or with modeled nubs on the incurving rims.

Copan Incised Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copan Incised Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copan Incised Jar - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copan Incised Jar - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Copador

Characterized by red-purple designs (specular hematite) over on an orange slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Forms include bowls, jars and cylinders. Exterior motifs are geometric glyphs, figures (usually in a profile seated position) and animals (monkeys are the most common on bowl forms). Interior motifs include bands, geometric glyphs and animal motifs. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Beaudry-Corbett 1984 and Viel 1993.

Copador Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Bowl - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Copador Jar - Chorti/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Gualpopa Polychrome Style

Characterized by red-purple designs (specular hematite) over on an orange slipped background. Exterior surface is smooth and highly polished (glossy and satiny). Forms include bowls, jars and cylinders. Exterior motifs are geometric glyphs, figures (usually in a profile seated position) and animals (monkeys are the most common on bowl forms). Interior motifs include bands, geometric glyphs and animal motifs. Fine paste matrix. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Beaudry-Corbett 1984 and Viel 1993.

Gualpopa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Honduras Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Style

Polychrome vessels with elaborate designs in red, maroon or black pigments. Colors are incredibly vibrant. Forms include bowls, jars, cylinders and plates. The exteriors are painted with abstract designs (mat motifs, S-shapes, step frets, chevrons, scales), including animal forms (particularly monkeys and birds) and human forms framed by upper and/or lower geometric borders; interior designs include horizontal bands as well as vertical motifs called "counters". In some cases vases may have dual lug handles (birds, bats, monkeys or felines). Jars may have dual loop handles. Vessels may have pedestal or tripod supports. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Joyce 1993a, Viel 1978.

Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Effigy Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Tripod Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Tripod Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Tripod Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Tripod Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Tripod Plate - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic
Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Cylinder - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Ulua-Yojoa Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya - Late Classic

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Honduras Ulua Figurines

Ceramic figurines (including mold made) with modeled faces and bodies. Details include various hair designs and unique facial characteristics. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Joyce 1993.

Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Ulua Figurine Mold - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Bay Island Polychrome Style

Polychrome vessel with red and black designs on a natural background.

Bay Island Polychrome Jar with Three tripod supports and two lug handles - Terminal Classic

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Bay Island Effigy Vessel - Terminal Classic

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Honduras Ejar Fine Orange Style

Ceramic vessels with orange exterior. See Viel 1993.

   

Ejar Fine Orange Cylinder - Chorti/Maya Post Classic

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Honduras Las Vegas Polychrome Style

Polychrome vessels with elaborate designs in red, maroon or black pigments. Colors are incredibly vibrant. Forms include bowls, jars, cylinders and plates. The exteriors are painted with abstract designs, including animal forms (particularly monkeys and birds) and human forms framed by upper and/or lower geometric borders; interior designs include horizontal bands. Vessels may have pedestal or tripod supports. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993.

Las Vegas Polychrome Vessel - Lenca/Maya Post Classic

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Las Vegas Polychrome Tripod Plate with hollow feet - Lenca/Maya Early Post Classic

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Las Vegas Polychrome Tripod Plate with hollow feet - Lenca/Maya Early Post Classic

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Las Vegas Polychrome Vessel - Lenca/Maya Post Classic

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Honduras Gordon Complex Style

Ceramic bowls with incised designs in the form of "hand-wing", sharks, crosses, serpents (as shown) and other abstract designs. The exterior may be differentially fired and/or burnished, and may have remains of post-fire fugitive red pigment. See Fash 1991, Viel 1993.

Gordon Complex Bowl - Chorti/Maya Formative Period

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Gordon Complex Bowl - Chorti/Maya Formative Period

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Honduras Playa de Los Muertos Style

Ceramic bowls with tripod supports.

Playa de Los Muertos Bowl - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Playa de Los Muertos Ceremonial Bowl - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Honduras Playa de Los Muertos Figurines

Ceramic figurines with modeled faces and bodies. Details include various hair designs and unique facial characteristics. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Joyce 1992.

Playa de Los Muertos Figurine head - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Playa de Los Muertos Figurine heads - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Playa de Los Muertos Figurine heads - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Playa de Los Muertos Figurine & heads - Lenca/Maya Formative Period

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Honduras Talgua Monochrome & Bichrome Styles

Ceramic vessels with modeled face (punctate eyes, modeled ears and nose) on the exterior.

Talgua Bowl - Formative Period

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Talgua Bowl - Formative Period

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Talgua Jar - Formative Period

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Talgua Effigy vessel - Formative Period

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Honduras Chichcaste Polychrome Style

Includes ceramic vessels with a negative resist decoration on the interior and/or exterior (wavy lines, geometric motifs, etc.) of orange or red slipped vessels. Additional designs may also be present. Forms include cylinders, bowls, dishes and plates. This example has a single loop effigy handle and nub supports.

Chichcaste Polychrome Bowl - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Chichcaste Polychrome Tripod Bowl with hollow legs - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Chichcaste Polychrome Plate - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Chichcaste Polychrome Plate - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Chichcaste Polychrome Jar - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Chichcaste Polychrome Jar with effigy face and spout - Lenca/Maya Late Formative/Early Classic

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Honduras Sulaco Polychrome Style

Polychrome vessels with elaborate designs in red, maroon or black pigments. Colors are incredibly vibrant. Forms include bowls, jars, cylinders and plates. The exteriors are painted with abstract designs (mat motifs, S-shapes, step frets, chevrons, scales), including animal forms (particularly monkeys and birds) and human forms framed by upper and/or lower geometric borders; interior designs include horizontal bands as well as vertical motifs called "counters". In some cases vases may have dual lug handles ( birds, bats, monkeys or felines). Jars may have dual loop handles. Vessels may have pedestal or tripod supports. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993, Joyce 1993a, Viel 1978.

Sulaco Polychrome Plate - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Sulaco Polychrome Jar with zoomorph head - Lenca/Maya Late Classic

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Honduras Naco Bichrome Style

Vessels with red designs on white slipped background, and and black designs on white slipped background. Bowls often have tripod effigy supports. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993; Wonderley 1987.

   

Bichrome Plate (from Naco) - Lenca/Maya Late Post Classic

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Honduras Nolasco Bichrome Style

Vessels with red designs on white slipped background, and and black designs on white slipped background. Bowls often have tripod effigy supports. See Henderson and Beaudry-Corbett 1993; Wonderley 1987.

Nolasco Bichrome Plate - Lenca/Maya Late Post Classic

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Honduras Shoe-Shaped Style

Vessels in shape of a shoe with incised geometric designs.

   

Shoe-Shaped Vessel - Lenca/Maya Formative

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Honduras Glyph Poison Flasks

Characterized by small bottle forms with incised and excised designs of figures and text. Sometimes described as a Poison Bottle.

Maya Flask with glyphs - Late Classic

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Honduras Late Classic Lenca/Maya Style

The sculptures are hollow. These elaborate lids have cylindrical censer vessel bases, many of which contained ashes. See Fash 1991.

Zoomorph Incensario

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Human form incenser

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Honduras Late Classic Chorti/Maya Style

Large ceramic sculptures in the form of an incensario. Lids show personages attired in royal regalia: necklaces, ear spools, headdresses, belts, etc. The sculptures are hollow. These elaborate lids have cylindrical censer vessel bases, many of which contained ashes. See Fash 1991.  Also Ceramic Figure scuptures, volcanic tuff, and limestone sculptures in effigy forms.

Human form incenser

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Human effigy scultpure

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