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This anthropomorphic vessel is an excellent example of plumbate ware, so called because of its burnished finish the color of lead. The character's face wears round goggles that might tie him to the Rain/War god known as Tláloc among later cultures.

Effigy vase
Early Post-Classic (900-1250 A.D.)
Tula, State of Hidalgo
Clay with a special burnishing treatment
18.6 x 17.6 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara