Text: Straight-sided ceramic vessels
with painted decoration comprising complex scenes were
common in eighth-century Maya art. The "codex-style"
painting depicts a scene in the realm of the Lords of
Death, where a dancing figure holds a long-handled axe
and a handstone. On a monster-head altar lies Baby Jaguar,
a deity figure, and beside the altar is a dancing, a
skeletal death figure. The meaning has been variously
interpreted as depicting either sacrifice or celebration.
Citations: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Page: accessed 10 February 2005
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