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Large cylinder vessel modeled on one side with a three-dimensional rendering of a bat. The other side is decorated with a gouged-incised scene of two dancing male figures separated by a profile rendering of the Mo'-Witz, a mythological sacred mountain place. Portions of the vessel were...

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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. 650–850

Object Place

Alta Verapaz or upper Motagua River Valley, southern Guatemala


20 x 18 cm (7 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: modeled and incised with orange slip paint; traces of stucco and post-fire paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware