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MAYAN MOLDED CYLINDER VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A. D. 550-950
The brownware vessel with slightly flaring rim molded on each side with a rectangular panel enclosing the seated figure of the young Maize God, with left hand outstretched and holding a paint container, wearing a beaded belt and jade necklace, knotted hair streaming backward and incorporating a corn cob above the ear, facing the torso of the gesticulating God K, kawil, adorned with the characteristic tall, sweeping headdress, the rim with separately molded glyphs, suggesting the concept of movable type, reading: The vase , God N and 'it is carved', the whole filled with deep red pigment.
This type of vessel might be associated with cacao since the Maize God and to a lesser extent-Kawil, are linked with the cacao tree.
In ancient Mesoamerica, cacao blended with chili, water and honey was the beverage of the Mayan rulers and gods. In fact, the scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma cacao-"food of the gods."