Classic Maya Cache Vessel Texts and the Stories They Tell

Author(s): Kaylee Spencer

Year: 2023


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2023: Individual Abstracts" session, at the 88th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Ancient Maya artists fashioned ceramic cache vessels that bear a rich array of painted imagery and iconography, making them popular subjects for scholarly investigation. Themes focusing on bloodletting and burning rites are emphasized in many of these discussions, and these themes form the foundations for interpreting the meanings and uses of this class of object. Despite the important insights these analyses have provided, few studies focus on the texts that frequently appear on Early Classic examples. This research provides an overview of this class of object and considers the frequently overlooked texts that appear on their surfaces. Drawing from a collection of cache vessels of a similar form and style, I seek to reframe and add nuance to interpretative models by analyzing the texts in relation to iconography, vessel design, and archaeological contexts.

Cite this Record

Classic Maya Cache Vessel Texts and the Stories They Tell. Kaylee Spencer. Presented at The 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2023 ( tDAR id: 475073)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.197; min lat: 16.004 ; max long: -86.682; max lat: 21.984 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 37496.0