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Incense burner top

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Human effigy top of a two-part incense burner rendered in Tiquisate-Teotihuacan style. The top is modeled in the form of a human figure's upper torso, head and elaborate headdress. The figure wears a double strand of round beads, large, circular earflares and a butterfly-shaped nose ornament. ...

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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

Departament of Tiquisate, Pacific Coast piedmont, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1094 (base sampled)


46 x 36 x 20.5 cm (18 1/8 x 14 3/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, yellow, black and white paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware