This extraordinary vintage charger comes from Ticul, the Yucatán Peninsula's most important center for pottery.
The dish is made of substantial terracotta and features a beautiful hand-painted figural scene depicting two warriors dancing on a platform. The warriors wear jaguar skins, an animal venerated by the Ancient Mayans.
The border of the dish is decorated with two stylized eagles and other distinct Mayan symbology.
The warriors dance on either side of an inscription written in the Ancient Mayan alphabet. The language is known only to small group of those with Mayan ancestry.
As you can see, the colors are still wonderfully vibrant with brilliant shades of carmine red, deep umber, beige and orange.
There is a stamped hallmark on the underside of the charger that reads "Ticul, Yuc, Mex" which is covered in mottled orange paint.
As you can see, there are also brass hangers securely attached to the reverse which will allow the piece to be hung on a wall.
Despite some minor expected wear, the charger remains in excellent condition. We think that any visible wear adds to its vintage charm.
It provides a stellar example of traditional Mexican pottery and symbology.
This is a large and impressive piece and certainly a show piece in a compatible design styled home. The colors are really beautiful.
Measurements: Diameter: 20 ½" Depth: 2" Weight: 10 lbs.