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Incense burner base

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Columnar base for a portrait incense burner. Its front is decorated with the face of the sun god (K'inich Ajaw). His headdress is composed of a bird's head surmounted by a wide panache of feathers, which likely represents Its'am Yeh, a supernatural being associated with the sun during the Late...

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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


16.7 x 20.1 cm (6 9/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red and white slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware