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Stone or ceramic vessel of various shapes and sizes in which resins and other materials were slowly burnt in order to give off smoke and fumes, usually for ritual or ceremonial purposes. In Mesoamerica incense burning was widespread from the Formative Stage through into the Classic. Pine resin, the Maya word for which is ‘copal’, was widely traded as incense.

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