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Mayan Painted Cylindrical Vase - PF.4260
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Terracotta

The Mayans produced cylinder vases such as this one in order to record specific events that occurred with the intention of preserving and passing down the knowledge to their future descendants. In this commemorative vessel, there are four different frames separated individually, each containing a repeating figure in human form kneeling in profile and facing to our right. The exact meaning behind these scenes are still a mystery, but one is tempted to assume a relation linking these scenes to actual ceremonial rituals involving the four seasons. The Mayans believed that if proper homage was paid to their gods, they would then in turn receive a fruitful season from their pleased gods. Another possibility to be examined brings us yet to another ceremony commemorating the accession of a certain ruler or chief. The Mayans would be paying tribute to their gods in this instance too, to offer their appreciation and thanks. - (PF.4260)


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