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The scene depicts a vision quest rite with six human participants who hold small drinking cups. One of the figures is dancing and smokes a cigarette. The taking of a ritual enema is implied by an enema bag floating between the two main figures and one held by the seated figure who faces the...

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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, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–750

Object Place

Department of El Petén, central Petén lowlands, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1082

Dimensions

10.5 x 14.8 cm (4 1/8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1283

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange and black on cream slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware