PROGRAMMATIC STATEMENT OF MAYA RITUAL AND KINGSHIP

MS 1280
MS Short Title PROGRAMMATIC STATEMENT OF MAYA RITUAL AND KINGSHIP
Text PROGRAMMATIC STATEMENT OF MAYA RITUAL AND KINGSHIP, POINTING TO THE USE OF RITUAL LIBATION UNDER DIVINE SANCTION, AND PORTRAYING RITES OF PASSAGE FROM SEMI-DIVINE RULER TO DIVINE GOD, WITH COLOPHON: "IT IS WRITTEN, WITH THE SANCTION OF THE GODS, PATRONS OF THE SCRIBES, BY THE SCRIBE, (HIS NAME), ON HIS BOWL, LORD'S NAME (OWNER), FOR THE HOLDING AND DRINKING OF CACAW"
Description MS in Mayan on clay, North Eastern Honduras, ca. 600-850, 1 cylindrical vase (complete), 20x18 cm, with 1 horizontal and 4 vertical bands of 32 Mayan late Classic hieroglyphs.
Context Another Maya vase with a similar dancer, see www.mayavase.com, # 774. A Mayan Codex vase of ca. 900.
Provenance 1. Unidentified temple, North Eastern Honduras; 2. Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio.
Commentary The main figure, a "comic dancer", in net suit with jaguar headdress, is being accompanied by musicians. The attendant with black-painted face is scattering droplets of blood from his left hand. The second attendant holds two rattles. The third attendant is playing a rasca, a segmented musical instrument that is scraped with a shell to make a rhythmic sound. Cf. Justin Kerr: "The Popol Vuh as an instrument of power".
Published Justin Kerr: The Maya Vase Book, Vol. 4, p. 600.
See also See also MS 693, Burial text, Guatemala, ca. 900. Other American Indians' religions, see Collection 4.8
Place of origin North Eastern Honduras
Dates ca. 600-850

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