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.