One variety of Maya polychrome ceramic vessel is a plate or shallow bowl that is decorated with a central figure framed by a band of repeated motifs. This example features an elaborately costumed musician with a long wooden trumpet pressed to his lips. The many depictions of musicians and the survival of numerous types of musical instruments indicate that music played a role in Maya ceremony and celebration. Although the only clothing this figure wears is a short elaborate tunic with a goggle-eyed mask at the back of the waist, he is decorated by an abundance of feathers and body paint. The L-shaped glyph block incorporated above the figure's face is illegible. It may have served a symbolic or decorative purpose only.
Franz Ebstein, New York, acquired before 1969 (d. 1977); Eugene A. and Ina L. Schnell, Longboat Key, FL, until 1989