Maya Ballgame Yolk Poison Pot

500 AD to 850 AD

3″ tall by 3 1/2″ long   

An incredibly rare Maya poison pot with glyphs, in the shape of a ballgame yolk. This example is one of a kind and I cannot find anything similar. It is completely hand-made, unlike most that are made from joining pieces together from a mold. 

The glyphs are also hand carved and are readable. There are two repeating glyphs on each side that mirror each other. The circled glyphs read “young lord” or “young prince”. The second glyph is undeciphered but most likely says the name of the owner. 

Although they are nicknamed poison pots, these small and very collectible vessels were used to hold tobacco for the Maya royalty and elite. This example has cinnabar inside, which most likely occurred during burial. 

Ex Robert and Mariane Huber collection from NYC and Dixxon, IL. Acquired in the 1980s.



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