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This pleasingly proportioned alabaster vessel has a band of stucco applied to its side, on which a bird, most probably a quetzal, is depicted diving towards a circular shape.

Stuccoed and painted vessel
Late Classic (600-900 A.D.)
Xochicalco, State of Mexico
Alabaster with stucco and yellow, red and green pigments
13.8 x 20 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara