An exceptional Maya tetrapod plate from the Ulua Valley of Honduras, ca. 500 – 800 AD. It has a 10" diameter, is 4-1/4" high and its interior depicts an elaborately attired figure, painted in uncommonly fine detail. His youthful appearance and elaborate headdress point to this being a depiction of the Maize God, who is always associated with abundance and prosperity. He is surrounded by three bands of typical designs, including step fret and knotted rope designs. The exterior is painted with the traditional decorative elements, including stylized serpents and jaguar spots. Even the bottom is painted and the legs contain large rattles. A small rim chip and stress crack, else a large example in excellent condition.