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Holmul-style vase rendering two dancers, each in the guise of the Maize god typical of Holmul-style pottery. Each dancer's backrack represents a cosmogram, the celestial realm symbolized by a feathered serpent. Each serpent is marked with a different icon, a feathered star or Venus sign and a...

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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. 650–800

Place of Manufacture

El Petén, Naranjo area, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1125; Kerr 703


23 x 9.6 cm (9 1/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: dark red and orange on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware