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Rectangular stone carved on one side with the image of a bat with out-stretched wings. The other side is carved with nineteen parallel ridges, and the sides have a single ridge running around the object's circumference. It resembles bark beaters used to make paper from the bark of fig trees,...

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Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic period, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Honduras or Guatemala


6.8 x 11.5 x 1.4 cm (2 11/16 x 4 1/2 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Alabaster: traces of red pigment and soil matrix




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