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Codex-style vase with image of dancing supernatural co-essences (wayob), including a Venus-jaguar being and a deer supernatural, both with a serpent entwined around their necks. A dancing human figure performs self-decapitation. All three figures are identified as a "way" (shamanic co-essence)...

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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. 680–750

Place of Manufacture

Nakbé, El Petén, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1844; Kerr 1230


10.8 x 10.5 cm (4 1/4 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware