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This bowl is painted with four pictorial scenes and the longest hieroglyphic text in the known corpus (as of 2004) of Classic Maya painted ceramics (composed of 88 glyphs). The scenes depict esoteric rituals whose participants are both supernatural and human. The text recounts events in...

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Inscription

Long Count recording ancient time (1.14.3.3.12 9 Eb 10 Muwan), mythological events and protragonists, and the accession of a historical person on January 25, A.D. 717 (1 Ajaw 8 K'umku 9.14.5.4.0). This date is 3,159 years after the initial Long Count date.

Provenance

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. 700–750

Place of Manufacture

El Petén, central Petén lowlands, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1848; Kerr 1440

Dimensions

9.4 x 25 cm (3 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1183

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, pink, black and white on cream ground

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware