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K'iché burial or cache urn base

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The urn is embellished with a modeled and painted rendering of a zoomorphic jaguar emerging from the open maw of a scroll-eyed saurian creature or "xoc monster." Four loop handles are attached to the crenelated rim of the urn, and four wider loop handles are attached to the midpoint of the urn,...

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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, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Southern Highlands, Guatemala


74 x 64 cm (29 1/8 x 25 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: yellow, white and black paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware