X91.632 Ceramic vessel

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Ceramic vessel
Yucatan, Mexico
Classic Period, 250-900 C.E.
H: 16.0 cm, Diam: 16.2 cm (H: 6.3 in, Diam: 6.4 in)
Anonymous gift. X91.632


Maya artists of the Classic Period used texts and images to record and remember the achievements of particular city-states. This vessel is a type used by the elite to hold cacao (chocolate) beverages and is characterized by deep relief carving and the absence of paint. The image on this vessel is that of an elaborately dressed ballplayer-kneeling on his right knee, about to hit a heavy rubber ball with his hip or thigh. His kneepads and thick waist padding protect him from injury. The adjacent texts serve to dedicate and name the vessel and to list the personal names and titles of its owner.

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