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CAS 0227-0011   CAS 0227-0011; Incensario
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay; Pigment
Description Incensario with narrow center and slightly flaring bowl and base; The base has a hollow center, as does the bowl; Red pigment.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 10.7, Thickness = 0.7, Max Diam = 16.6

Catalog Number CAS 0227-0012   CAS 0227-0012; Incensario
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay; Pigment
Description Incensario with deep, hollow base and shallow bowl; Front design shows a human face, with a long, narrow nose and wide, coffee bean eyes and mouth which look half open; Arching above the nose and down the cheeks is an inverted "U" shape, raised and punctuated with small indented dots; Back design shows a cut out "plus" shape, opening into the hollow base; Each side between front and back has a series of points sticking out perpendicular to the vessel wall; Beige and brown on the back, red on the front.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 13.6, Thickness = 0.7, Max Diam = 19.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0013   CAS 0227-0013; Incensario
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay
Description Incensario with flat base, vertical sides; Sides are decorated with four horizontal rows of applied points, which extend perpendicularly from the vessel; Brown.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 9.0, Thickness = 0.7, Rim Diam = 13.1, Max Diam = 16.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0014   CAS 0227-0014; Incensario fragment
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay; Pigment
Description Incensario bowl fragment; Round, with rows of applied points sticking out perpendicular from the bowl; A horizontal red band is painted parallel to the rows of points.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 15.1, Width = 25.1, Thickness = 0.9, Length = 11.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0054   CAS 0227-0054; Incensario cover
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario cover
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay
Description Incensario cover, circular with semi-vertical walls, a flat top, and a circular vent which has broken off; The walls are decorated with three raised vertical lines, each with three round indentations running vertically; This trio of lines is repeated, with each set on an opposite side of the cover; Beige.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 5.1, Thickness = 0.6, Max Diam = 11.0

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0126   CAS 0227-0126; Incensario fragment
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay; Pigment
Description Incensario fragment; Portion of base with application design on outer surface; Design appears to be a face with round, protruding eyes, an oval nose and wide, flat, broken off ears which appear to have extended onto the missing bowl; Traces of reddish pigment.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 11.4, Width = 18.3, Thickness = 1.6, Length = 11.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0194   CAS 0227-0194; Incensario fragment
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay
Description Incensario fragment; Inner side is uneven; Outer side has a raised horizontal band with an applied design of curving lines in inverted "U" shapes with ends that curl outward; A circle sits atop each inverted "U"; Another raised rectangular portion extends to the lower left of the raised band; This portion is incised horizontally, resembling stylized feathers; Orange-red with black fire damage.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 11.9, Width = 5.1, Thickness = 1.2, Length = 20.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0195   CAS 0227-0195; Incensario fragment
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Chalchitan
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay; Pigment
Description Incensario fragment with application design on outer surface; Design shows a face with protruding coffee bean eyes, heavy brows, and a narrow, protruding nose adorned with a spool; Traces of reddish pigment.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 20.4, Width = 8.6, Thickness = 1.5, Length = 16.7

Catalog Number CAS 0227-0200   CAS 0227-0200; Incensario fragment (?)
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment (?)
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: Pichikil [Pichiquil]
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay
Description Incensario fragment (?), slightly curved, with application design on outer surface; Design shows a face with protruding coffee bean eye (only one remaining) and a coffee bean mouth; The nose is pointed (horizontally) and chipped off; Dark gray.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 7.8, Width = 3.7, Thickness = 1.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-0992   CAS 0227-0992; Incensario fragment
Category Ceremonial Items; Pottery
Object Name Incensario fragment
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: unknown (Chalchitan or Pichikil [Pichiquil])
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Clay
Description Incensario fragment; Inner side is uneven, with thickness varying by up to 2.5 cm; Outer side has design of curving lines in center in a wide "U" shape with an inverted, exaggerated "W" shape on top; A circle sits in the (alleged) upper right, with an inverted "U" shape extending above and to the left of the circle; The (alleged) upper center has a rectangular shape with two vertical lines running approximately 1/4 distance from each side of the rectangle; Yellow-red with fire damage.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 8.2, Thickness = 3.8, Length = 10.4

Catalog Number

CAS 0227-1016   CAS 0227-1016; Stone object (ceremonial blade?)
Category Ceremonial Items; Tools & Implements
Object Name Stone object (ceremonial blade?)
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: unknown (Chalchitan or Pichikil [Pichiquil])
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Stone: soapstone?
Description Possible ceremonial blade; L-shaped stone (soapstone?) object; Gray; Top end of "L" is cut out to be narrower, perhaps to be hafted onto a handle; Groove along inside base of "L" running up stem of "L"; 3 ridges in top of "L" perhaps to help secure lashings? No evidence of use as a tool.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 12.1, Thickness = 3.6, Length = 17.2

Catalog Number CAS 0227-1017   CAS 0227-1017; Stone object (ceremonial blade?)
Category Ceremonial Items; Tools & Implements
Object Name Stone object (ceremonial blade?)
Culture Maya
Global Region Mexico & Central America
Country Guatemala
State/Prov./Dist. Huehuetenango
County
Other Geographic Data Site: unknown (Chalchitan or Pichikil [Pichiquil])
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name Elgueta Collection (Mayan)
Materials Stone: soapstone?
Description Possible ceremonial blade; Open L-shaped stone (soapstone?) object; Gray with white mottling; Top end of "L" is cut out to be narrower, perhaps to be hafted onto a handle; Double groove along outside base of "L"; No evidence of use as a tool.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.8, Thickness = 3.0, Length = 16.9

Catalog Number

CAS 0228-0003   CAS 0228-0003; Prayer stick
Category Carvings; Ceremonial Items
Object Name Prayer stick
Culture Japanese: Ainu
Global Region East Asia
Country Japan
State/Prov./Dist. Hokkaido
County
Other Geographic Data City: Chitose
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1875
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood
Description Flattened elongate rectangular spatula with both ends coming to short point; Upper face is carved in low relief with repeating geometric motif on fish scale pattern background; The end is dipped into sake or millet beer and the liquid is sprinkled to the four corners to ritually offer prayer to the gods and spirits; The stick is then held under the nose by men when they drink the wine or beer, holding up their mustaches.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 3.2, Thickness = 0.7, Length = 35.6

Catalog Number CAS 0276-0022   CAS 0276-0022; Fetish figure
Category Carvings; Ceremonial Items
Object Name Fetish figure
Culture Chokwe
Global Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Angola
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data 5 miles north of Cacolo region, northeastern Angola
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name E.S. Ross
Materials Wood
Description
Dimensions (cm) Height = 56.0, Width = 7.0, Thickness = 5.6

Catalog Number

CAS 0276-0048   CAS 0276-0048; Mask
Category Ceremonial Items
Object Name Mask
Culture Chokwe
Global Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Angola
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data Cacolo region, northeastern Angola
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name E.S. Ross
Materials Reeds; Cloth; Bark
Description
Dimensions (cm) Height = 28.8, Width = 20.0, Length = 12.5

Catalog Number CAS 0276-0049   CAS 0276-0049; Mask
Category Ceremonial Items
Object Name Mask
Culture Chokwe
Global Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Angola
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data Cacolo region, northeastern Angola
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name E.S. Ross
Materials Wood; Cloth; Plaster
Description
Dimensions (cm) Height = 32.5, Width = 15.5, Length = 17.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0276-0058   CAS 0276-0058; Fetish
Category Ceremonial Items
Object Name Fetish
Culture
Global Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Angola
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data 5 miles north of Cacolo region, northeastern Angola
Maker's Name
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name E.S. Ross
Materials Tooth; Twine
Description
Dimensions (cm) Max Diam = 2.3, Length = 4.0

Catalog Number

CAS 0276-0063   CAS 0276-0063; Mask
Category Carvings; Ceremonial Items
Object Name Mask
Culture Eastern Pende
Global Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Congo (Zaire)
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data Kasai region
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name E.S. Ross
Materials Wood; Rafia grass; Pigments
Description
Dimensions (cm) Height = 25.0, Width = 14.0, Length = 30.0

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0042   CAS 0370-0042; Peyote staff
Category Ceremonial Items
Object Name Peyote staff
Culture unidentified Native American (Southwest Indian?)
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. unknown
County
Other Geographic Data Southwest US ?
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Wood
Description Carved cylindrical wooden staff that tapers very gradually toward one end before terminating in a short, socketed extension; Opposite end also tapers slightly and becomes 4-sided; At base of 4-sided section are carved various geometric designs, including straight and zigzag bands, arrows, crosses, crescents, and a zigzag line incorporation depictions of tipis or mountains; Carved designs are stained red and blue; Staff probably used during peyote religious ceremonies.
Dimensions (cm) Max Diam = 1.8, Length = 89.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0071   CAS 0370-0071; Tableta
Category Ceremonial Items
Object Name Tableta
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Wood; Paint; Leather; Cotton string; Corn husk
Description Tableta made from 2 flat wooden sections placed side by side, hinged together with string, and cut out to conform to wearer's head; Corn husk head rest ring is attached at top of cutout; Leather strap attached to sides; Face of Palhik' Mana is painted on front in red, orange, yellow, black, and white on blue background; Cloud symbols in same colors are painted on reverse. Identified in Oct. 1977 by Terrance Talaswaima (Hopi artist and then curator at Hopi Cultural Center) as Pal-Hik Mana, as it would appear during the Butterfly Dance, a summer social dancer sponsored by young men.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 22.6, Depth = 5.3, Length = 40.1
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