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Cache vessel lid is modeled on its front with the face of supernatural. The spiral eyes and barbles at the sides of the mouth recall the Hero Twin Hun Ajaw. A vertical line of curvilinear elements on each side of the face may symbolize fire, smoke or clouds. Extensive remains of carbonized...

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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.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Early Classic Period, A.D. 300–550

Object Place

Tiquisate area or Southern Highlands, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



17.2 x 30.2 cm (6 3/4 x 11 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange slip paint; specular hematite slip paint on orange slip on modeled area




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware