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Ritual drinking vase depicting the birth of the so-called "baby jaguar supernatural," here flanked by seated male and female figures who likely are his parents. Short hieroglyphic texts in front of them record their names or titles (?-ba / k'uhul tzu-na-?). A vertical hieroglyphic text divides...

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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. 740–780

Place of Manufacture

Motul de San José area, El Petén, Lake Petén Itzá region, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1124; Kerr 1184


22.7 x 13.7 cm (8 15/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, pink, white, gray (but originally green), and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware