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K'iché burial or cache urn base

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The base of this burial or cache urn is decorated with a modeled and painted rendering of a scroll-eyed saurian with widely opened mouth. From its maw emerges an anthropomorphic supernatural being with scroll eyes, protruding canine teeth, and a long snout-like nose with an up-curved element...

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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, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Southern Highlands, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1090

Dimensions

116.8 x 71.1 cm (46 x 28 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1296b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: white, black, yellow, and red paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware