Carved Vessel

Carved Vessel

c. 600-1000


Overall: 12.1 x 16.3 cm (4 3/4 x 6 7/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.173


Fun Fact

The text on the rim mentions a young man, suggesting this vessel was involved in a rite-of-passage ceremony.


A firefly is carved on both sides of this Maya vessel, which is from the Yucatán Peninsula. Among the most common of insects to appear in Maya art, the firefly seems to be associated with things that twinkle in the dark—stars and cigars, the latter a symbol that identifies creatures of the night.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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