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Spouted Jar

Artist/Maker: Lenca (El Salvador and Honduras)

Date: ca. 300 BCE-400 CE
Medium: pottery and slip paint
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (19.1 x 26 x 23.2 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of Jose Roberto Rivas, Donaldo Vela and Ricardo Monterrosa
Object number: 86.0094
DescriptionThe Lenca people lived in eastern El Salvador and central-western Honduras and were independent of the Maya city-states around them. They lived in advanced chiefdoms and traded with many cultural groups from Mesoamerica. Large spouted jars such as this one have been found to contain the residue of a frothy chocolate drink used in feasts and ceremonies. This chocolate vessel is decorated with a human head.
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