Les vases de style Chocholá sont connus depuis qu'un exemplaire a été trouvé et étudié par John Lloyd Stephens lors de son exploration du Yucatan en 1843.
This Chocholá vessel shows a particularly exuberant depiction of the protagonist emerging from the swirling pool of water in a cartouche. A cartouche is a type of portal which serves as an entry between the supernatural and natural world. The lord is well adorned with a long stiff paper ear ornament and massive jade bead necklace, his coiffure is swept up with a bone clasp and knotted headband. One hand is cupped in the submissive 'releasing' gesture, and the straight arm reaches out of the frame. The reverse is carved with the calendric day sign glyph "hun ben", ("1 ben").
The Chocholá style vessel has been known in our era since John Lloyd Stephens was shown a vessel in 1843 during his exploration of the Yucatan.
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