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A gathering of the deity Its'amnaj and other aged supernaturals hand down women from an upper world to a lower realm, the two locations separated by a horizontal band of celestial signs. Hieroglyphic texts include the Primary Standard Sequence (PSS) painted around the vase's rim and shorter...

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Primary Standard Sequence, nominal texts within the scene.


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

MS1117; Kerr 1485


25 x 11.5 cm (9 13/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange, red, dark pink, and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware