Lidded Cache vessel

A.D. 250-600

Object

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: vessel
Currently on view
Object ID: 1998.423A-B

Medium/Technique

Earthenware with colored slips and pigments

Credit

Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis

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Dimensions

height: 11 1/8 in, 28.2575 cm; width: 12 1/4 in, 31.1150 cm

Department

New World

Collection

New World-Pre-Columbian

Extended Info

Lidded Cache Vessel
Maya
About A.D. 250–600
Guatemala
Earthenware with pigments
Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis, 1998.423A&B

Cache vessels containing sacred offering materials (such as shell, jade and incense) were interred in the course of building dedication rituals.  The large lower face is that of a deity, indicated by the scrolled eyes and central shark tooth fang. The upper face (another supernatural being) has a skeletal jaw and wears a symbol of sacrificial bloodletting on the forehead.