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Diving god effigy incense burner top

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A diving figure is perched atop the lid, his arms folded in front of his face and his legs bent at the knees and arching over his head. A supernatural being emerges from behind his legs. His body is elaborated painted to represent clothing and perhaps body paint or tatoos. Four elliptical and...

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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, Early Classic Period, A.D. 400–550

Object Place

Mexico, Guatemala, or Belize


47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with black, red, yellow and white slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware