Scholar's Commentary

This tall cylindrical drinking vessel has a very repetitive, formulaic sequence of glyphs along its upper surface. Many vessels across the Maya area record the dedication of these drinking vessels and their owners.

This one tells us that the owner was a great prince, of a site unknown, unfortunately, yet the decoration on the surface with the stylized water lilies tells us that this vessel came from northeastern Guatemala, and there's a chance that this noble's name may yet turn up on a monument from that region, letting us know the home site from which this extraordinary vase comes.