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Banquet Ware: Middle Classic

Banquet Ware is a unique type of drinking cup that first appears in the Middle Classic, having three or more copper bands held fast to the clay form with a metal ring- which by the close of the Middle Classic developed a ‘buckel’- holding the bands in place.  These cups where named Banquet Ware by Dr. David Zimmerman because they were first found at sites associated with out door ritual feasting. Though examples have be found inside temple sites, and even with in huts along the Seyathos Valley. What there exact function was we cannot say but they were very popular during the Middle Classic to Late Classic until the Chalice forms of the Imperial replaced them. This example was found in the Temple complex of the Middle Classic.  Its simple beauty really speaks to the skill of these early copper craftsmen.