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DMA Gets Mayan God Vase

precolumbianThe Dallas Museum of Art has announced its acquisition of this Late Classic (A.D. 700–900) Maya effigy vessel from the site of Quirigua in Guatemala, near the border with Honduras. Thought to depict a Maya god, the ceramic piece is scheduled to go on view this summer in the DMA’s Ancient Art of the Americas gallery on Level 4.

Well documented in archeological literature, the piece was sold at auction in November 2014 by the St. Louis Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, which had acquired it in 1912 through the St. Louis chapter’s support of field excavations by archaeologist Earl H. Morris during the Third Quirigua Expedition.

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