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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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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

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

Object Place

Teotihuacan, Pacific Coast, Mexico

Dimensions

19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1229b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware