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Cylinder vessel with incised decoration

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A dancing figure, likely the Maize god, appears on each side of the vessel, the two renderings separated by a rectangle embellished with a plaited mat motif. The black background behind the figures may indicate an underworld location for the performance. Abstract, pseudo-glyph motifs embellish...

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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. 700–850

Object Place

Motagua River Valley region, southern Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



19.8 x 15.2 cm (7 13/16 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red-brown and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware