Incense Burner Lid with Female Figure
About A.D. 450–650
The Escuintla region on the Pacific slopes of Guatemala has yielded numerous artifacts in a hybrid Maya-Teotihuacan style. It is thought that the Teotihuacan people of central Mexico maintained a presence in the tropical Escuintla area, perhaps to obtain goods such as cacao and feathers. This incense burner lid is both exceptionally beautiful, and iconographically unusual. A seated female figure wears a bird costume, and holds a fish in each hand.