People of the Jaguar

Vessel with three Noblemen

The vessel depicts three seated noblemen holding ritual bread made from multiple layers of dough. The bread was offered to the gods to ensure success in the planting and harvesting of crops, principally maize, beans, and squash. The figures are separated by terracotta jugs and black hieroglyphs.

Painted terracotta
Chiapas, Mexico
Late Classic period, A.D. 600-900
Canadian Museum of Civilization, XXI-A-145, K95-443