Maya Cylindrical Vase with Effigy Cover
Middle-Late Classic, ca. A.D. 400-900
Earthenware with white and red painted highlights
height 13 1/4in (33.7cm)
Bernal Collection, California, ca. 1960s
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Lifted on three small feet, this thick walled vase is decorated on the front with a face with large eyes, diminutive nose and projecting tongue. The hollowed effigy human head on the lid serves as a handle to this ceremonial work. The four modeled holes on both the top and vessel match up for the attachment of some form of binding now lost to hold the lid.