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Culture:Pre-Columbian, Maya
Title:Cyclindrical vessel with deer and glyphs
Date Made:600–850; Late Classic Period
Type:Food Service
Materials:earthenware with pigments
Place Made:North America; Maya Southern Lowlands; Alta Verapáz or Southern Highlands; Holmul
Measurements:Overall: 5 7/16 in x 6 1/4 in; 13.8 cm x 15.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1975.125
Credit Line:Gift of Peter Marks (Class of 1956)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The deer on this vase, peering warily over their shoulders, suggest a hunt scene, a common motif in Maya pottery. From communal deer hunts hunters obtained meat needed for food and ceremonies. In both ancient and contemporary Maya mythology, the deer features prominently as a deity and for ritual sacrifice, as well as subsistence.

utensils; drinking; animals; decoration and ornament; design; indigenous people

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