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K'iché burial or cache urn base

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The front of the urn base is decorated with a modeled rendering of a saurian with open maw. Emerging from its mouth is the head of a supernatural being with scroll eyes, hooked nose with vertically incised lines resembling wrinkles, and wearing a wide headband decorated with a floral motif or...

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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

Catalogue Raisonné



132 x 64 cm (51 15/16 x 25 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: white, black, yellow, green, blue, and red post-fire paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware