Cocoa Jar With Monkeys

Maya culture

Guatemala

Cocoa Jar with Monkeys, ca. 800 – 1200 CE

  • On View

Clay

Dimensions: 20 × 10 in. (50.8 × 25.4 cm)

Gift of Robert Drapkin, 2008.267

Monkeys are frequently shown in the art of the ancient Americas, and many of the cultures in the region recognized the monkey’s intelligence and capability for learning. Monkeys were commonly linked with art, artists, writing, and sexuality.

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