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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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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

Tikal area, Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1988.1228b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red and white slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware