12 November 2004
A MAYAN POLYCHROME CYLINDER VESSEL
Lowlands, Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950
The gently inward-curving sides painted with a complex ritual scene of captives and sacrifice enacted in a curtained enclosure, composed of three attendants, one bearing a staff, two adorned with net headdresses before an enthroned lord, seated crosslegged and wearing jade jewelry and a headdress containing the jester god's mask, looking intently at a corpulent figure kneeling on his left knee, perhaps a priest or a conquering warrior holding a freshly severed head by the hair with blood dripping, elaborately clothed and bejeweled, three bound, crouching captives on the ground, one gazing frontaly ahead, painted in deep orange, brown, tan, black and white against the pale orange ground, with panels of glyphs including the title of individuals the Primary Standard Sequence and the bottom set indicate a decapitation.
Height 7 in. (18 cm.)
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Justin Kerr, The Maya Vase Book, vol. 1, no 680, New York, 1990.
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