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Vase's scene depicts a mythological event taking place in the underworld. A male figure, perhaps one of the Hero Twins, emerges from the maw of a large water-saurian. Two supernatural beings attack him with long spears. Three other supernaturals, one holding a long spear and another grasping...

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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. 650–800

Object Place

Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1085; Kerr 595


21.7 x 13.4 cm (8 9/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, dark orange, black, brown and white on orange ground slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware