User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Cylinder vase

Start collecting

The Hero Twin Yax Balam holds a large plate containing the jadeite jewelry of the Maize god. His twin brother Hun Ajaw carries a large bundle that he supports by a cord around his neck. A woman, identified in the adjacent hieroglyphic phrase as a lady of the Ik' polity, presents shell jewels...

Show Full Description


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. 750–780

Object Place

Ik' polity, El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1837; Kerr 1004


14.8 x 13.3 cm (5 13/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown-black on cream slip, traces of orange slip




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware