Maya Lidded Cache Vessel

500 AD to 800 AD

12″ tall by 6 1/2″ wide

An extremely rare Maya lidded cache vessel from the highlands of Guatemala. This piece is low fired and made from a buff clay. 

The urn features really important Maya iconography. The Monkey God is sitting on top of the lid and serves as the finial. It is very detailed and has remnants of red pigment on his head. He is the patron god of scribes and artists. 

The bottom of the urn has spikes which represent the young Ceiba tree. Those are present when it is young to protect it. The cut out cross is a Yaxche symbol, which is the Maya tree of life and believed to be the center of their universe. 

Additionally, there are glyph elements on the monkey and both halves of the urn. 

This piece was used to hold cache offerings for a royal burial. Nice manganese deposits inside the bottom attest to its ancient age.

Ex Erasmo Toledo collection from Coral Gables, Florida. Acquired from Chuck Warren, International Unlimited in the 1970s. 



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