Cacao Drinking Vessel, with Hero Twins
Two characters, identified as the Hero Twins, hold ritual paraphernalia, that includes part of a feather headdress, a loincloth or piece of fabric and a mask or a trophy head as part of a ritual attire. One of them, identified as Hun Ahaw, is distinguished by the spot marks on his shoulders and is holding objects in an offering position. The other character, which could be Yaxbahlam, is holding what could be a water lily. Both wear water lily headdresses.
The text indicates that it is a drinking vase for "kakaw" (cocoa), probably "frothy". Due to its characteristics, this vessel could have been made in a pottery workshop along the San Pedro Martir River bank or further south, and dedicated to a noble or a homonym of the last ruler of Dos Pilas, Sina'n? Ti 'K'awiil, or alternatively Sina'n? Ti 'Kuuy, King of Xultun or a homonym of him.
Collaboration by Guido Krempel, personal communication (2013)
This vase was repatriated to Guatemala as part of a group of objects recovered in the United States in the year 2009.
Like the rest of the collection, this vase is available for researchers and students