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Chamá-style cylinder vase

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The vessel is decorated with two representations of the underworld supernatural called Camazotz' in the Popol Vuh epic. Each representation is separated by a vertical line of three hieroglyphics, each being the opening phrases of the Primary Standard Sequence. The vessel is encircled by a...

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With Alfred Stendahl Gallery, Hollywood, California, by 1972; to MFA, June 1972, purchase.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Maya, Late Classic period, A.D. 700–800

Place of Manufacture

Chamá region, Southern Highlands, Guatemala


13.5 x 18.6 cm (5 5/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, brown, black, and white on orange slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware