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Black background vase with a painted scene of heart sacrifice of a male figure who may be Hun Hun Ajaw (the Maize god). Rising from his open chest cavity is an effigy incense burner topped by an offering plate containing burning strips of paper and a ball of copal incense. The sacrificed...

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Primary Standard Sequence, short 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. 650–800

Place of Manufacture

El Petén, Tikal-Uaxactún area, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1122; Kerr 1377


25.4 x 15.3 cm (10 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware