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Ritual drinking vase painted with a scene featuring the birth of the Maize god at Na-Ho-Chan Witz-Xaman, a supernatural mountain location in the north named in the hieroglyphic text as well as depicted underneath the Maize god. Two supernaturals flank him, and a white cord, which makes reference...

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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. 755–780

Place of Manufacture

Motul de San José area, El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1123, Kerr 688


22.5 x 12 cm (8 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, ochre, brown, gray (originally green), and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware