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MAYAN BLACKWARE LIDDED VESSEL,
EARLY CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 250-450
Showing Teotihuacan influence, in the openwork, tripod legs, thin walls with basal flange encircled by five globular rattles, the fitted domed lid with similar bells, and the handle molded with a portrait of a dignitary, perhaps that of the deceased who commissioned the vase, with eyes closed and jade beads placed in the nostrils signifying the 'last breath'; with remains of lime green stucco, the whole once stuccoed overall.
Lidded cylinder tripod vessels are most often dated to the 4th and 5th centuries and held foodstuffs, such as cacao, for the interred. As part of elite tomb furniture such a vessel offered the promise of eternal renewal.