Cylinder vase: codex style

CULTURE:
Maya
DATE:
650–800 CE
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General Description

This vessel is painted in what scholars call the “Codex style” because it resembles the painting of Maya books and manuscripts. It shows human beings or gods in a watery or vaporlike setting that suggests a primordial sea. Maya nobles reenacted such mythological scenes, dancing in swirling “seas” of incense and smoke during ceremonial pageants and performances.

Adapted from

Carol Robbins, Label text [1983.149 and 1991.44], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.