User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Cylinder vase

Start collecting

Codex-style vase with three nubbin supports. Narrative scene depicts a dancing agouti-jaguar supernatural (a "way") holding a disembodied human head. A waterbird with Muan bird feathers and a serpent entwined around its neck perches atop a supine human whose closed eyes and distended abdomin...

Show Full Description


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

Place of Manufacture

Department of El Petén, El Mirador Basin, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

Kerr 1228


12.5 x 11.4 cm (4 15/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware; red and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware