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Yajaw Te' K'inich, a rotund ruler of the ancient Maya Ik' polity (present day Motul de San José, Guatemala), dances with his jaguar throne and wears a full face mask. He is accompanied by two masked dancing figures, a masked attendant holding a panache of feathers, and a kneeling figure...

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The rim text describes the pictorial scene and includes the event's Calendar Round date, records this as a dance event, and names the principle actor K'inich Ajaw of the Ik' polity. Short texts within the scene name the participants.


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. 725–760

Place of Manufacture

El Petén, Motul de San José area, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1121; Kerr 1439


23.5 x 12.4 cm (9 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware