MAYAN POLYCHROME VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550 - 950
with rounded slightly inward-curving sides painted in the pale orange, black, pink and white against the deep orange ground, the mythical scene with figures demarcated in a distinct style with black outlines, composed of four standing figures, each sporting black tattoos and their hands distinguished by only three or four fingers, denoting that these figures are from the supernatural realm, three hold decorated hand stones, the symbol of the god Chac, and beribonned staffs, elaborately attired with sweeping plume headdresses and jewelry, two figures emanating at the back a beaked "personified fart" one of which is vomiting, one figure leans over deeply with back arched, encircled by a ballplayer's yoke, grasping the God k staff of kingship, elaborated tattooed and with a fantastic headdress incorporating a monster's head, and represents possibly an avatar of one of the Hero Twins.
Height 7 1/8 in. (18.2 cm)