This small treasure measures 2 3/4” in height by 1 1/2” in width and dates Ca. 400 -860 A.D.
The jar was fabricated of a buff clay and then finished off with a white wash on the exterior which is intact and as found without any overpaint of any kind. This curious figure has raised realistic facial features with oval eyes, arched eyebrows, round puffy cheeks, and a slightly upturned mouth with full lips. The jar would have held red cinnabar which could only be used by the nobles and rulers as make-up and was totally forbidden for use by those of a lesser rank which carried a death sentence. Cinnabar has a high mercury content that would have eventually caused lethal poisoning or insanity. There are a few chipped areas around the rim commensurate with ancient age and usage. These could be very easily and inexpensively restored depending on the whim of the owner. An unusual find and a great addition to a well-rounded collection of Mayan artifacts.