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Codex-style cylinder vase depicting two underworld supernaturals, a leaf-nosed bat and a skeletal-headed, flint-winged bird. Each holds large plates containing human body parts, including a hand, foot, femur and eyeball. The bird perches on an anthropomorphic stone altar. The hieroglyphic...

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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

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

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1842; Kerr 1080


12 x 11.6 cm (4 3/4 x 4 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream-orange slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware