Maya Cylinder Vase

550 AD to 850 AD

5″ tall by 5″ in diameter

A beautiful Maya cylinder vase from the Ulua Valley of Honduras. This piece was sculpted with a pedestal base and was the perfect size to use as a drinking cup for cacao. The Maya drank the spicy chocolate beverage during important ceremonies and feasts. Vases such as this one were gifted or traded by the Maya elite and nobility to seal alliances and pay tribute. 

This cylinder is painted with three zoomorphic bird-like creatures with speech symbols emerging from their mouths. The pedestal is painted with step symbols which represent temples. Every other one is carved out and that makes this very unique!

Ex Bernal family collection from El Salvador. Brought into the US in the 1960s. 



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