A front view of a Late Classic Maya vessel (~700 AD) from the Kislak Collection of the Library of Congress (inventory # 1988.042.00.0010) whose content was analyzed in this work. The container is 58 mm high and 60 mm wide.
Photo © Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman
yo-'OTOT-ti 'u-MAY, spelling y-otoot 'u-mayThe wording suggests the jar was used to store tobacco leaves. This is the second confirmation of text on the outside of a Mayan jar identifying its contents. The first was a jar that contained one of the elements of cocoa.
'the home of its/his/her tobacco'.
Full citation: Dmitri Zagorevski, Jennifer A. Loughmiller-Newman, "The Detection of Nicotine in a Late Mayan Period Flask by GCMS and LCMS Methods," Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry; January 2012, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5339