Codex Style Plate

Guatemala (AD 700-800) Ceramic with brown-black and red slip paint on a cream slip ground. Diameter: 12.5 in.

This plate shows the Maize God emerging from the cracks in a turtle shell symbolizing the earth. In this painting the Maize God represents First Father with his sons, the Hero Twins, on either side. The Hero Twins were responsible in the Popol Vuh for defeating the Lords of the Underworld and retrieving their father's bones thus creating the path of resurrection. Like the codex style drinking vessels, the style of painting on this plate is reminiscent of the painting in the four remaining codices. Since the Spanish burned Thousands of codices, these vessels and plates are important evidence of the culture of the Classic Maya.