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This beautiful example of a codex-style vessel (so called because of the resemblance to codex pages) was found in an elite tomb in the Southern Campeche site of Calakmul. It displays an image of the Maize God being born from a seed. The upper band is a typical example of a Primary Standard Sequence (PSS for short), typically stating the use of the vessel and sometimes its owner and/or author. The lower band displays water imagery, typical of allusions to the Underworld.

Codex-style vessel
Middle-Classic (400-600 A.D.)
Calakmul, State of Campeche
Clay with light, black and red clayslips
12 x 8 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara