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Base for incense burner (1988.1213a)

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Hourglass-shaped base for Tiquisate/Teotihuacan-style effigy incense burner. Base is embellished with a typical Teotihuacan-style butterfly nose ornament, painted red, and round ear flares. The earflare on the left side (proper right side) is a modern restoration.


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.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Early Classic Period, A.D. 400–550

Object Place

Department of Tiquisate, Pacific Coast piedmont, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



15.3 x 25.5 cm (6 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red slip paint and white post-fire paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware