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A seated male figure, likely portraying 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 humanoid face, which may represent the Maize god, and holds a human heart in his hands. His...

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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

Tikal area, Department of El Petén, Guatemala


56 cm (22 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, white, and black slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware