Painted Vase with Ruler and Scribe

Painted Vase with Ruler and Scribe


Pottery with burnished, colored slips

Overall: 24.5 x 10.5 cm (9 5/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.181

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A string of death glyphs below the rim departs from the Primary Standard Sequence.


Among Maya noble families, finely painted ceramic vessels were used as fancy tableware, treasured gifts that secured the support of allies, and funerary offerings placed in tombs. Accordingly, the vessels’ imagery varies from religious themes to scenes of courtly life. Here, two attendants kneel before an enthroned nobleman who wears an enormous bird-head headdress.

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