A narrow vertical panel depicting the harvesting of cacao podsThe panel shows the way the plant was grown and harvested--with a long reed pole. In the background the beans are being roasted and ground.
Grisaille illustrating the use of cacao beans as currencyThe official guide explains that the paste of roasted ground cacao beans was called "choco-atl," a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water" and that was called the drink of the gods.
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