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The narrative scene depicts an enema ritual with ten human male participants, including a dancer dressed as the Maize god (the "Holmul Dancer"). The other nine participants are seated. One holds a water jar filled with the enema fluid, above which is a wooden plate filled with a stack of...

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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. 550–650

Object Place

Department of El Petén, Tikal region, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



26.5 x 18.3 cm (10 7/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, gray (originally green), and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware