Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Maya (Before A.D. 1520) - Artifact #7

Ceramic plates with hieroglyphs - Maya (Before A.D. 1520)

WHO: Maya culture

WHERE: Central Peten, Guatemala (possibly Uaxactun)

WHEN: Late Classic Period, A.D. 672 - 830

WHAT: This large ceramic plate from the Late Classic Period is encircled with twenty-two Mayan glyph blocks which convey information about its function and its owner. The text states that it was a plate used for eating white venison tamales and it was owned by The Great Ballplayer, the son of the ruler of Uaxactun.
Diameter: 40cm

HOW: Hand-formed earthenware with red and black painted on light orange slip.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.120

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