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A seated male figure, likely a Maya ruler, wears a zoomorphic headdress surmounted by a cartouche in which originally was painted his name (now eroded). He wears a large pectoral depicting a human face, which may represent the Maize god, and holds a human heart in his hands. Suspended from his...

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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, Early Classic Period, A.D. 400–550

Object Place

Department of El Petén, Tikal area, Guatemala

Dimensions

54.61 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1249

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black, red and white slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware