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Codex-style vase depicting the Hero Twin Hun Ajaw attacking Itsam-Yeh, the Principle Bird Deity, with his blowgun. The other twin Yax Balam hides behind the tree in which sits Itsam-Yeh. Two short hieroglyphic phrases describe the action and name the actors.


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

Pacaya area, northern Petén lowlands, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1841, Kerr 1226


11.4 x 12.5 cm (4 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown-black and red on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware