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Its death-related motif may bespeak the funerary use of this vessel, found in one of the royal tombs of Zaachila. The figure holds objects in both his hands. Some scholars have interpreted these objects as weapons.

Vessel with a skeletal figure
Post-Classic (900-1521 A.D.)
Zaachila, State of Oaxaca
32.5 x 17 cm. (diameter)
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara