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Codex-style vase with narrrative scene depicting two supernatural shamanic co-essences (wayob), a jaguar and a peccary-headed jaguar. Each holds a basin containing a human hand, femur, and eyeball. The two hieroglyphic texts name each of these beings and whose co-essences they are. The vase...

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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, Late Classic Period, A.D. 680–780

Object Place

Department of El Petén, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala


10.6 x 11.4 cm (4 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint, with dark red pigment on base




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware