Dans son analyse de l'influence de Teotihucan au cœur du pays maya, Taube note: "il est de plus en plus évident qu'une forme d'incursion militaire de Teotihuacan eut lieu dans le Peten au cours du quatrième siècle de notre ère" (Taube, Way of Writing, 2011, p. 104). Si cette influence est plus visible sur les grands monuments en pierre, le jeune seigneur guerrier représenté ici témoigne de son incursion dans la céramique classique maya destinée à l’élite.
The finely painted plate of codex style completely covers the interior of the vessel with an important illustration of the influence of Teotihuacan lords positioning themselves within the Maya kingdom. His identification with Teotihuacan can be seen in his atypical posture of raised legs, massive feathered backrack of Moan feathers, and the large serpent-headed spear thrower he holds before him. He sits on a throne carved as a War Serpent with bifurcated tail whose emanations curl upward along the vessel walls, and with a head of the gaping jaw surmounted by a Tlaloc style crest.
In his analysis of Teotihucan's influence in the Maya heartland, Taube notes, "there is increasing evidence that a form of Teotihuacan military incursion did occur in the Peten during the fourth century AD" (Taube, in Way of Writing, 2011, p. 104). While perhaps more prominently displayed on stone monuments, the elaborately attired figure here is a Teotihuacan war lord asserting himself on a classic Maya style elite ceramic.
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