Incised cylinder vessel depicting an enthroned lord and god k

CULTURE:
Maya
DATE:
600–900 CE
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General Description

This vessel, incised before it was fired, depicts the patron as he conjures the snake-footed god K’awil (God K), whose name also signifies the capacity to bring soul essence into material form. In making this vessel, the artist played a visual pun on the theme of creation: as he has created the vessel itself, so he has shown the patron conjuring up its soul.

Adapted from

Carol Robbins, Label text, A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.