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The painted scene depicts a man preparing for a ritual performance. He looks into a mirror held by a standing attendant while a kneeling attendant applies red paint to his buttocks. Two women hold performance objects, including what may be a small rattle and a mask depicting an aged male face....

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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. 600–800

Object Place

El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1119; Kerr 764


17.2 x 11.8 cm (6 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange, red, dark pink, brown, gray (originally green), and black on cream slip paint; traces of "Maya Blue" pigment




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware