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Codex-style vase painted with a hieroglyphic text recounting a mythological dynasty of rulers of the snake-head polity. The vessel has three tiny nubbin supports. Much of the imagery has been overpainted or newly painted in modern times, the latter being a copy of one of the other "dynasty...

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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

MS1833; Kerr 955


16 x 13.5 cm (6 5/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware