Cylinder Vessel with Deities

Cylinder Vessel with Deities


Earthenware with colored slips

Diameter of mouth: 15.5 x 16.5 cm (6 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.); Overall: 16.6 cm (6 9/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund and an anonymous gift 1954.391



Between AD 600 and 900, Maya cities and towns mushroomed in number, interacted, and competed. Since a distinctive ceramic painting style was part of many centers' identities, the number of styles exploded and painted pottery became a hallmark of the era. This vessel, painted with a ruler's patron deity (God K), is of a style produced briefly in one area of Guatemala's Chamá Valley.

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