This vessel exudes a mysterious energy, an
ancient intangible potency that is as radiant
today as the day it was fired. Much like we can
conceive of spirits haunting the earth after their
bodily demise, ancient spiritual powers continue
to inhabit certain sacred object long after the
civilization that created them has faded away.
This cylindrical container is certainly one such
object. A band of decorative pseudo-glyphs, all
appearing to represent faces, just below the rim
of the vessel frame the central design. A large
kneeling figure with an elongated, hooked upper
lip and a looping nose is repeated three times.
These scenes are divided by a red border and a
vertical column of pseudo-glyphs similar to
those seen above. These stylized faces also
evoke the visage of the main kneeling figure.
Who might this man represent? A mythological
god? A masked shaman performing a religious
ritual? Both these scenarios are valid
possibilities, however, the true meaning remains
elusive. This masterful work of ancient Mayan
pottery must have played a vital role in a long
forgotten ceremony. Its importance is reflected
both in its tremendous craftsmanship as well as
the glyphs that adorn it. Found in the tomb of
an ancient ruler or dignitary, this vessel was as
essential to the ancient Mayan in the next world
as it was in this one.