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Codex-style vase with supernatural co-essences (wayob); a dog-jaguar, a deer-eared humanoid figure blowing a conch shell trumpet and emerging from a serpent's maw. Each co-essence is named by a short hieroglyphic text. A decapitated human head ties this scene to sacrificial rites. The bottom...

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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. 680–750

Object Place

Department of El Petén, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala


9.2 x 10.2 cm (3 5/8 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware