This painted vessel depicts the meeting of two
Mayan kings. A band of glyphs decorates the
upper lip of the vessel and the lower base. These
friezes both explain the action of the main scene
and frame it. If translated, it would doubtlessly
describe the exact story illustrated on the vessel
and the name of the kings. The two royal figures
face each other, extending their hands forward.
They twist their fingers as if about to partake in
a secret handshake confirming their rank. Their
regal plumed headdresses protrude outward,
echoing the movement of their hands. The king
on the left is seated on a throne, yet appears to
greet the other as an equal. On the other side of
the vessel, a solitary king is depicted enthroned.
The crosshatched pattern of his headdress recalls
the headdress of the standing figure before.
Most likely, this vessel portrays the succession of
one ruler to the next. The new king is shown
greeting the former ruler and then rightfully
claiming his throne. Thus, this vessel not only
functioned as a container, but also as a piece of