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Wealth and Privilege
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

A Maya noble in a palace displays his dance regalia on a restored ceramic vase, once possibly used for a ceremonial drink made from cacao—the spicy forerunner of hot chocolate. Found in pieces in an elite family's home, the vessel probably broke as walls collapsed in the final fire. That same building also held a set of polished stone axes and a stone workbench scarred with cuts. Some member of the household very likely helped carve grand monuments for the final ruler of Aguateca, Tan Te' K'inich.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: Nikkor 105mm micro
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/16

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights

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