Vessel in the form of a shark with a man in its mouth

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Culture/People
probably Maya (archaeological culture) (attributed)
Possible collector
Dr. Thomas W. F. Gann, Non-Indian, 1867-1938
Previous owner
Dr. Thomas W. F. Gann, Non-Indian, 1867-1938
Seller
Dr. Thomas W. F. Gann, Non-Indian, 1867-1938
Presenter/funding source
James Bishop Ford (James B. Ford), Non-Indian, 1844-1928
Object Name
Vessel in the form of a shark with a man in its mouth
Media/Materials
Pottery, paint
Techniques
Modeled, painted
Dimensions
25.5 x 12 x 9.2 cm
Object Type
Containers and Vessels
Place
Lamanai (Indian Church); Orange Walk District; Belize
Date created
AD 1450–1550 (Post-Classic period)
Collection History
Probably collected or excavated by amateur archaeologist Dr. Thomas W. F. Gann (1867-1938, a physician stationed in Central America); purchased by MAI from Thomas Gann in 1919 using funds donated by MAI trustee James B. Ford (1844-1928).
Catalog Number
9/1594
Barcode
091594.000
See related items
Maya (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
On View
NMAI, Washington DC: Window on Collections, Animals
Data Source
National Museum of the American Indian
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