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Mayan Carved Black Cylindrical Vessel - PF.5746
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This carved cylindrical vessel rests slightly above the ground on three stout legs. The body of the container is painted black, all except for the three engraved panels. These light orange panels depict a human face surrounded by a feathered headdress. We can clearly make out the figure’s facial features including the prominent nose and eyes. The plumage of the crown radiates outward from around the face. The figure wears as well a pectoral depicted by the wavy lines at the bottom that cover the neck. Who does this face represent? Might it be a great ruler or perhaps even a god? Surely it is someone of extreme significance to have an entire vessel created with his carved image. This vessel was originally used for the consumption of a Mayan concoction made from cacao and chilies. This important vessel must have been utilized in the ritual ingestion of this drink. A certain aura radiates from this vessel. An aura accumulated over centuries of ceremonies as this sacred container was past from the hands of king to king. - (PF.5746)


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