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Effigy Turtle with Glyphs

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Pre-Columbian Anonymous,
Effigy Turtle with Glyphs, 250 - 550 AD
Terracotta
4 3/4 in. x 7 1/4 in. x 7 1/4 in. (12.07 cm x 18.42 cm x 18.42 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Coil-built
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 86.12.21


Commentary
Old number "H1930" is written on the bottom and the upper exterior.

Marks
Old number: "H1930" is written on the bottom and on the upper exterior.

Medium
Coil-built and burnished terracotta pot, with an orange slip and a design in black and red paints.

Object Description
Pre-conquest Mayan terracotta turtle effigy bowl, with a flattened bulbous body rising to a short cylindrical neck. The surface is decorated with cream, red, and black slip painting of seated figures, and the rim with gylphs and masks. There are protrusions in the clay to form the turtle's head, tail, and flippers, on the front and back of the pot.

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