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The exterior of the dish is embellished with a scene depicting blood sacrifice and perhaps ritual drinking. The central seated figure wears a deer head headdress and a fringed black cape. Two participants wear black face paint, one holding a drinking cup and the other defecating a liquid. ...

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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

Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1098; Kerr 728


11.6 x 18.1 cm (4 9/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, and black on cream ground slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware