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This incense burner depicts K'inich Ajaw, the Sun God, who every night descends to the underworld. Burners were used in the Mundo Maya to incinerate pom, a fragrant, crystallized tree sap. Generally, there were two types of incense burners. This one is representative of ux-p'uluut-k'uh, or god incense-burner stand. These were considered to be virtual incarnations of patron gods of the city state. Periodically, they were replaced during ceremonies that marked the end of calendar cycles. On such occasions, they were given offerings and retired - buried under the flanks of temples. They usually stood on either side of the entrance to the sanctuary of a temple.

Temple XVI is surrounded by jungle, directly to the north of the Temple of the Cross. It is primarily a residential complex featuring 8 buildings, each with corridors and courtyards. It seldom appears on a map of the site.

This photograph was taken at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.

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