Codex Style Drinking Vessel

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Northern Petén lowlands, Nakbé region (AD 700-800). Ceramic, brown and red slip paint on cream slip ground.

This vessel features the Hero Twin Hun Ahaw shown shooting his blowgun at a supernatural bird perched on a tree. The 16th century K'iché Maya called the bird Itzamnah-Yeh (7-Parrot). Itzamnah-Yeh set himself in the sky as a false sun. The gods brought him down for his arrogance. The Vertical hieroglyphics name Itzamnah-Yeh and tell the story. The brown on white painting is beautiful. The brush strokes are very fine.

Codex Style Drinking Vessel

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Northern Petén lowlands, Nakbé region (AD 700-800). Ceramic, brown and red slip paint on cream slip ground.

This painting illustrates a major classic myth that exists only in these images. The full story remains a mystery. This myth features the death of an old man. He is seen lying on a bench inside a room. Outside, one woman rides a deer while another cradles a deer in her arms. Both women wear jade-like jewelry and unusual sheer dresses. We know so little of Mayan culture that even the depiction of dress type and furniture in the pictures are interesting because they increase our knowledge of classical Mayan life.

I apologize for the lack of images in this section but I could not photograph the vessels and I have not found them published anywhere.

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