Lot 1900: South America Figural Libation Cup
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
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.