The deeply carved figural scene, the bold diagonal column of glyphs, and the lack of color distinguish this vessel as an example of Chocholá-style pottery. The carved scene on this bowl depicts an anthropomorphic woodpecker (left) presenting gifts to an aged, lordly owl (right) whose lengthy tail feathers blossom out in all directions, dividing the scene neatly in half. On bowls of this type, the decorative elements and hieroglyphs themselves define the colors of the figures. The woodpecker is marked with the hieroglyph “red” and similarly, the owl wears the “white” glyph atop its head, suggesting snowy white feathers.
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