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Lot 1900: South America Figural Libation Cup

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 1st millennium AD. A squat terracotta libation cup with flared base, applied facial features to the upper outer face to one side, hole to the centre. 270 grams, 98mm (4"). Property of a Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK collector. The offering of incense was considered an act of purification that linked a sacrificial object or person to the gods. The most common incense for the Maya was copal, a resin from the Bursera tree.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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