Incense Burner with Seated Figure



Incense Burner with Seated Figure


200 - 550 AD


Early - Middle Classic
Mesoamerica, Highland Guatemala


16 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (41.9 x 26 x 24.8 cm)

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This incense burner is also partly Teotihuacano; it has quite a few appliqued parts around a central face, but the features are more Mayoid, with heavily lidded almond eyes. During the first millennium ad, the people of the southern mountains of Guatemala were part of two cultural spheres: Teotihuacan, the huge Central Mexican city-state, and the Maya, whose many smaller cities dominated eastern Mesoamerica. Teotihuacan had a Guatemalan outpost at Kaminaljuyu, where both Central Mexican ceramics and local versions such as this one have been found.

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Gift of William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau


Pre-Columbian Art in Southern Collections, Huntsville Museum of Art, September 9 - October 28, 1979|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2002 - June 2012|
'For I am the Black Jaguar': Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, September 5, 2012 - January 5, 2013|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, February 9, 2013 - Present
Pre-Columbian Art in Southern Collections, September 9 - October 28, 1979 (Huntsville: The Museum, 1979), 36, 46, number 54.|
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Seeing With New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2002), 6, figure. 2.


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