Elevated on four small legs, the center of this
bowl is decorated by a curious figure. Contorted
and hunched over, this could represent a monkey
or, perhaps, a hunchback. While the face
appears more human, a tail seems to protrude
from the hind. A ring or alternating black and
orange dots surrounds this figure. An
interwoven mat pattern fills the interior rim of
the vessel. The exterior rim is also painted with
a band of pseudo-glyphs, one in the shape of a
diagonally slanting, swirling wave. The area
above the legs is emphasized by a motif of four
red horizontal lines framed on either side by to
vertical black lines. There is also one spectacular
detail that can almost be overlooked. Between a
pair of legs, a little creature sticks his head out,
holding his hands on the lower edge of dish.
This figure actually protrudes from the contours
of the vessel. Is he human, is he an animal.
Perhaps it is the same mysterious figure seen in
the center of the bowl. Discovered inside of a
tomb, buried alongside a fallen ruler or
dignitary, this vessel was as essential in the
afterlife as it was in this world.