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Cylindrical Vessel with Palace Scene

Cylindrical Vessel with Palace Scene

600–900

Earthenware with colored slips

Diameter: 19 x 11.3 cm (7 1/2 x 4 7/16 in.); Overall: 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Gift of Edgar A. Hahn 1967.203

Description

The scene here may commemorate a special event in the life of a Maya ruler, who stands on a stairway before his throne, his legs framed by a litter on the ground. His gesture and the jaguar pelt at the waist visually unify him with his attendants. The ruler perhaps used the vessel as a drinking cup on important occasions; fine ceramics also served as gifts and as offerings in tombs.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Credit line: 
Gift of Edgar A. Hahn

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