Polychromatic vessel in a “Codex” style that was part of the offering to the main lord buried in the structure II in Calakmul (Tomb I. Building 2 H). It is outstanding for the style that combines sequences of glyphs, characters and gods in the distinctive calligraphy of the late classic (ca. 600-900 AD). The “codex” vessels are characteristics for its black traces on cream color background and red stripes in the edge and base. This style is also found in vessels form Nakbé, Sacrifices Altar and Tikal.The character rests on an altar formed by the mask of a celestial dragon, which in its turn has ah Ahua headdress from whose ends come out a big rattlesnake. The composition lies on elements that symbolize the underworld.Calakmul became a supra regional power capable of competing with Tikal until Tuun K´ab Hix reign (ca. 520-550 AD). With Yuknoom the Great, Calakmul reach its biggest influence, but his son, Yuknoom Yich´ aak K´ak (686-695 AD) was defeated in battle against Tikal in 695 AD. The funeral chamber of this ruler in the structure 2 was discovered in 1997.See the description of the character with snake in the shell plate from Jaina. The dragon theme is also mentioned in the board reference in the Cruz Foliada temple.Dra. Federica Sodi MirandaColaboradores: Arqlgo. Hugo Herrera Torres Araceli Ruiz Peláez Mtro. Hugo García Capistran.


  • Title: Vaso Estilo Códice
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 0600/0900
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: w117 x h155 cm (complete)
  • Period: Clásico Tardío (600-900 d.C.)
  • Calakmul, Campeche: Maya
  • Type: Vase
  • Rights: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia., INAH. Proyecto de Digitalización de las Colecciones Arqueológicas del Museo Nacional de Antropología. CONACULTA-CANON-MNA.
  • External Link: http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
  • Medium: Arcilla

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