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This well preserved vase shows a crudely etched scene involving humans and animals. Parts of the surface of the vase have been carved out and the upper section has been left as a smooth band for the etching of a series of pseudo-glyphs that may have marked it both as the work of an illiterate artist and as a piece intended for use by a non-elite, illiterate social class.

Carved and etched vessel
Classic period (300-900 A.D.)
Clay with brown pigment
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara