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LARGE MAYAN VESSEL
LATE CLASSIC, CA. A. D. 550-950
The thin walled drinking vessel painted in pale and dark orange, white and black with a complex portrayal of an event either in the Underworld or a historic occurrence, an elaborately dressed lord in a draped precinct, seated on a throne representing the open jaws of a mythological serpent, with a diminutive attendant behind, before him a kneeling dignitary on a platform, arms crossed in a reverential pose, adorned with a tall headdress and layered cape, a female kneels behind him, wearing a garment embroidered with glyphs and headdress of water-lilies, vertical glyphs before her probably giving her name, possibly this is a representation of a wedding, on the ground level an appealing dignitary carries a great overflowing bundle marked with its contents, on his cartouche his name and mention of his presentation bundle, on the upper level there are further sumptuous gifts, also named in cartouches including a great stack of white textiles and a dish containing a jade mask, eight lesser lords attend in two levels behind the central figures, on the upper level each attendant performs a different gesture while one unusually looks in a frontal manner, the rim encircled with the Primary Standard Sequence with mention that this is a drinking vessel and a final glyph reading "White Death", interpreted as referring to a spirit double or a shaman.