martes, 16 de marzo de 2010

Grinding Maize

Grinding Maize
March 2010
11" x 11"

This design was found on a clay plate from the Late Classic Period, 600-900AD and is currently in a museum in Israel (?).  The book MAYA KINGS OF THE RAINFOREST states:

Although scenes of everyday life are rarely painted on Mayan ceramics, one exception is this depiction of a woman grinding maize on a ceramic plate that could once have been used for storing tamales.  The woman is kneeling in front of the grinding stone and working the maize mixture with a hand pestle.  Somebody is sitting opposite her,smoking - possibly her hungry husband?

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