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Culture Group:MayaTitle:Lidded dish Date:400 - 650 CE Medium:Ceramic with polychrome Culture: Maya Dimensions:7 5/8 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (19.4 x 15.6 x 15.6 cm) Credit Line:Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek Accession number:1980.5.4 Label Copy: Although many pottery vessels once had lids, very few have survived. Here a supernatural being, possibly God A-prine who is one of the principle lords of the underworld, functions as the lid's knob. The hieroglyphic text on the lid states that this vessel held a specific type of cacao (chocolate) food, although the hieroglyph which names the type of cacao has not yet been deciphered. The glyphs on the sides of the dish name the person for whom the vessel was made and end with the name of the patron's father.

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