User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Base for incense burner (1988.1213a)

Start collecting

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.

Provenance

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

MS1094

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1988.1213b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red slip paint and white post-fire paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware