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Cylinder vessel with underworld scene ("Vase of the Seven Gods"). Naranjo region, Guatemala or Belize, ceramic. Anonymous loan, courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago

The painted scene depicts a man preparing for a ritual performance. He looks into a mirror held by a standing attendant while a kneeling attendant applies red paint to his buttocks. Two women hold performance objects, including what may be a small rattle and a mask depicting an aged male face. Hieroglyphic texts include the Primary Standard Sequence painted around the vase's rim and short phrases painted within the scene that record the activity and name the participants.

The painted scene depicts a man preparing for a ritual performance. He looks into a mirror held by a standing attendant while a kneeling attendant applies red paint to his buttocks. Two women hold performance objects, including what may be a small rattle and a mask depicting an aged male face. Hieroglyphic texts include the Primary Standard Sequence painted around the vase's rim and short phrases painted within the scene that record the activity and name the participants.

Ceremonial Vase Representing Two Ball Players - Maya - Cylindrical vase representing a scene with two ball players facing each other on eith...

Ceremonial Vase Representing Two Ball Players - Maya - Cylindrical vase representing a scene with two ball players facing each other on eith.

Mayan War Vase – Battle Scene (Side D) by Samuel Merrin, via Flickr

Title: War Vase (Cylindrical Vase with a Battle Scene) Origin: Maya civilization, Nebaj (Guatemala) Dated: Late Classic Period, ca.

Late Classic Maya cup in the Museum of the Americas, Madrid.

Late Classic Maya cup in the Museum of the Americas, Madrid.

Anonymous (Mayan)  Title	Cylinder Vessel  Description	  English: The painted vases of the Maya offer a window on a lost world. The black-on-cream coloring seen here is often referred to as "codex-style" because of its resemblance to ancient Maya books, or codices, all but four of which have been lost or destroyed

Anonymous (Mayan) Title Cylinder Vessel Description English: The painted vases…

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Late Classic period from 600 to 900 AD

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