K'iché burial or cache urn base

Unknown650 - 850

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

The Maize god on the lid symbolizes life after death, as the appearance of maize in the fields each spring was the Maya metaphor for the resurrection of the human soul. Offerings to the dead were made through the lid's opening, which also allowed the living to communicate with the gods and deified ancestors.

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  • Title: K'iché burial or cache urn base
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 650 - 850
  • Physical Dimensions: w640 x h1320 mm
  • Type: Ceramics-Pottery-Earthenware
  • Rights: Gift of Landon T. Clay. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/k-ich-burial-or-cache-urn-base-5713
  • Medium: Earthenware: white, black, yellow, green, blue, and red post-fire paint
  • Period, era, dynasty, reign: Late Classic period
  • City, state, country: Guatemala