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Codex-style vase with hieroglyphic text recounting the mythological dynastic sequence of rulers of the snake-head polity. No repainting is evident, although most of the surface of the vessel is covered with a thin coating of calcium carbonate, and one section is completed eroded away.


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. 680–750

Place of Manufacture

Nakbé, Department of El Petén, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1834; Kerr 1005


18.2 x 9 cm (7 3/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream-orange slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware