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MAYAN POLYCHROME VESSEL, LATE CLASSIC
CA. A.D. 550-950
In Chama style, the straight walls painted in bright shades of reddish brown, orange, black and white against the rich orange ground, with the proud seated figure of God K on each side, holding the right arm stiffly forward with hand flexed, the deity with supernatural physiognomy, wearing bead necklace, loincloth and bracelets, on one side the deity wearing a snouted monster head as head-dress with billowing smoke scroll projecting forth, the other side with bifurcated scroll issuing from o bone ornament, separated by three glyphs on each side ; with striped upper and lower bands.
The Chama style was first identified in the 1980's; and is recognised by distinctive colouring and the repeated image of a supernatural or human figure divided by short glyphic texts. Recent analysis of this pottery type suggests it was manufactured for a short period, for use in both funerary and wordly contexts, and for both an elite and varied economic level of society.