Lidded Cache vessel
Lidded Cache Vessel
About A.D. 250–600
Earthenware with pigments
Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis, 1998.423A&B
Cache vessels containing sacred offering materials (such as shell, jade and incense) were interred in the course of building dedication rituals. The large lower face is that of a deity, indicated by the scrolled eyes and central shark tooth fang. The upper face (another supernatural being) has a skeletal jaw and wears a symbol of sacrificial bloodletting on the forehead.