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MAYAN LIDDED TRIPOD VESSEL
CLASSIC CA. A.D. 450-650
Standing on slab feet, the cylindrical walls applied with four circular rattles, the walls painted in brilliant stuccoed colors with four medallions each enclosing a long-beaked cormorants seated on a water lily, the rim painted with a guilloche pattern with four smaller medallions with similar birds, the lid with further rattles and with the handle as an effigy of the Hero Twins with downward cast eyes, nose ornament, lips pared and hair swept back in a single tress down the back, painted in brilliant lime green deep red, white and black.
The Maya associate cormorants with supernaturals and the netherworld. The bird's unusual habits and abilities of submerging in the water for minutes at a time and the change in his annual plumage allow it to be symbolic for a transformational being.