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Incense burner base

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Hour glass-shaped base for a Teotihuacan-style incense burner (see 1988.1229a). It is embellished with a stylized nose ornament, and two circular elements attached to each side of the base recall typical Mesoamerican ear flares. Elaborate incense burners may have served as oracle vessels...

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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.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Teotihuacan, Early Classic period, A.D. 350–550

Object Place

Teotihuacan, Pacific Coast, Mexico


19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

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Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware