covered pot with incised design around dome-shaped lid, central knob with hole through center; body has straight sides rising from sharply slanting bottom; 4 decorative rectangles with incised design on sides; pottery-beige clay with burnished brown slip

Serving Vessel, c. 600-900 CE

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This especially large lidded vessel was once at the center of a sacred bundle of textiles gathered and tied through the round opening in the lid's handle. Containers of this type were used to present and serve tamales and other foods at ceremonial feasts. Sacred images incised in the lid feature representations of four Maya gods including the Maize God and Jaguar God. The four-lobed shape around the handle is symbolic of a portal between the earthly realm and the watery underworld. Images of K'awiil, the god of lightning and royal lineage, surround the bottom of the vessel.

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80.8a,b
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covered pot with incised design around dome-shaped lid, central knob with hole through center; body has straight sides rising from sharply slanting bottom; 4 decorative rectangles with incised design on sides; pottery-beige clay with burnished brown slip