K'iché burial or cache urn lid
Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–850
Object Place: #Kiche, #Guatemala, Southern Highlands
This unusual rectangular burial urn lid has a circular hole cut into its front to give access to the urn’s interior. The hole is flanked by low-relief, profile renderings of a rearing #jaguar, the same image appearing on the front of the urn’s bottom section. Atop the lid is a modeled and painted anthropomorphic being who wears circular earflares and strings of round beads around his neck and below his knees and tubular beads on his wrists. He may be identified as the #Maize#god because a stalk of maize emerges from the top of his loin cloth/hip wrap and he holds a maize cob in his left hand. He also has attributes of the solar deity K’inich Ajaw, including a tau-shaped tooth and close-cropped hair His double-flanged headdress is embellished with a low-relief rendering of a double-headed #serpent. Traces of carbon are found on the exterior of the lid and its base (1988.1297b), indicating that the urn came into contact with #fire perhaps associated with burial or cache rituals.