DescriptionMaya Vessel Painted with Guards
Ça 600-800 AD
Slipped and painted ceramic
7" High x 4¼" Wide
The surface of this vessel is painted with four stern looking guards portrayed against a buff background. Each guard carries a spear with a flaming device attached to it. The guards wear spiked helmets, jade ear flares and jackets that are full jaguar pelts complete with tail. Perhaps they are the attendants of Ixbalanque, the mythological Hero Twin whose name is represented by a jaguar. The figures wear shields with identical devices painted on them and their belts and anklets are made of jade plaques. The glyph rim is a somewhat cursive variant of Michael Coe's Primary Standard Sequence which speaks of and, perhaps, names the artist who painted the vessel and its rim.
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