Seller: joeperadua (3,539) 100%, Location: Saint Augustine, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371688884747 A unique ancient Mayan limestone censer brazier (incensario) dating to the Classic Period circa 600-900 A.D. This was found in Honduras. I purchased this from the individual who brought it into this country. It has not been passed around for generations or sold over and over again. This is fresh to the market. It has not been authenticated by a third party but I have no doubt whatsoever of it's authenticity and will guarantee it as authentic to the purchaser for the duration of it's ownership by that person. A very heavy thick vessel measuring 4" high at the highest part of the rim and 5.5" in diameter. The walls are just about 1" thick and the base is 1.5" thick. The depth of the interior is 2 3/8". The weight is 3 lbs. 13.6 oz. If the walls were complete at the rim it would probably even out at 4 lbs. This was made for extended use as an Institutional ceremonial object. I do not believe it was used by a private party but as the lower brazier section of a sacrificial Incensario used at temple functions. The higher rim sections are somewhat fluted to accept the larger finial section of the incensario. This upper section would probably have been a stylized representation of a god or goddess with openings to emit the smoke and fumes of the burning copal incense. The glyphs around this vessel show a Priest or Lord speaking encantations (the relief lines coming out of his mouth) to employ a deceased ancestor (the football shaped head) to participate in the ceremony. That ancestor is assisted by a temple worker who is shown in the prone position with a heavy rope over his back helping to pull the ancestor into the world of the living. The third glyph is the double faced Mayan representation of Life and Death. During the Mayan Life / Death ceremony often some or possibly all of the priests were under the effect of hallucinogenic drugs. They actually believed the representation of the incensario was "alive" and participating in the ceremony. This type of scene has been portrayed around the ancient Mayan world and a very similar scene from a black painted cylinder vase (Hun Hun Ajaw Maize God Museum of Fine Arts Boston) was found in Guatemala from the same period but on the other end of the Mayan world. The glyphs are all carved in high relief with particles of the native soil still embedded in the crevices. This is quite a rare piece.The higher price for shipping is because I will double box this for safety.