Monkey Polychrome Cylinder Vase With Two Monkey Head Handles

Maya

Honduras or El Salvador

Monkey Polychrome Cylinder Vase with Two Monkey Head Handles, 600 - 900

  • On View

Clay with polychrome paint

Dimensions: 7 3/4 × 5 × 8 in. (19.7 × 12.7 × 20.3 cm)

Gift of Robert Drapkin, 2008.314

Pre-Columbian art is intimately tied to the natural world, including animals. Rulers and gods were often represented as half-human/half-animal, including images of jaguars and monkeys, in order to convey their authority over the people. This vessel was probably associated with ritual or religion, possibly containing a concoction thought to cure the sick or bring about a religious experience.

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