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vessel with palace scene

Maya culture


Painted drinking vessels were used by high status people and were often buried with them, holding nourishment for the afterlife.

Vessels often depict scenes of Maya religion and history, and sometimes include hieroglyphic writing.

The palace scene painted on this vessel shows a ruler sitting on a throne, wearing a jade necklace and a headdress with exotic feathers.

Object Information

culture
Maya culture
creation date
600 - 900
materials
slipped and painted earthenware
dimensions
8 x 4 1/2 (diam.) in.
accession number
1996.95
credit line
Gift of Bonnie and David Ross
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Native Arts of the Americas
colors