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Culture Group:MayaTitle:Cylinder vessel with enthroned king over cacao (chocolate) beans Date:c. 550 – 850 CE Medium:Ceramic with white, red, orange, black, and green (faded to grey) slip paints Culture: Maya (Lowlands, Northern Guatemala) Dimensions:7 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (18.4 x 14 x 14 cm) Credit Line:Gift of William S. Judy, Jr., M.D. Accession number:1986.3.1 Label Copy: A Maya lord, seated in front of his throne pillow, wears the headdress and jewelry that identify the elite. Adjacent to him is a cylinder vase that, unusually, is covered with a basketry lid. Wear patterns on the rims of many cylinder vases indicate that lids were much more common during the Classic Period than is evidenced by the archaeological record. Their paucity in the record may be due to the fact that they were constructed of such perishable materials as the woven reeds or grasses shown here. Numerous head variants are found in the text, which as yet cannot be read.

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