Pot from El Chiclero Pottery Museum


"This style group is characterized by the image of a dancing male figure who always is depicted wearing an elaborate feathered backrack. His clothing and headdress identify him as the Young Maize God, in whose guise the soul of a deceased person dances out of the underworld after defeating the Lords of Death. This image is standard fare for funerary vessels, implying that the many plates created in this style were made to be placed in tombs."

Dorie Reents-Budet, Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period, p. 339