A Maya ruler wears the finery typical of formal dress including a jaguar pelt over-skirt. This vase is unusual because the ruler faces to the right and wears the headdress of Itsamnaj, a primary deity of Creation and of the underworld. The vertical hieroglyphic texts, painted in reverse, include the name of the deity.
Place object was created: Guatemala
earthenware, slip paint
Measurements: height: 6.75 inches width: 5.375 inchesGift of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek 1998.132.7
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