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546-615 CE

(, - present)

The glyphic text on the bowl names it is the cacao (chocolate) drinking vessel of Aj Wosal, a 6th-century ruler of Naranjo, Guatemala. Known in the Classic period as the Saal kingdom, it was one of the most powerful polities of the Classic period. Aj Wosal’s royal artist developed a unique painting style that features representations of vision quest rites and Underworld characters, both of which pertain to the ideological foundation of the king’s right to rule.

Place object was created: eastern Petén lowlands

earthenware, slip paint

Measurements:    height: 6.125 inches    depth: 8.625 inches

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek 1985.102.5

Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH