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K'iché burial or cache urn lid

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Lid of a burial or cache urn modeled in the shape of a saurian (or "Xoc monster") whose open mouth allows access to the inside of the urn. Atop the lid is a modeled and painted rendering of a seated male figure, perhaps the Maize god, who holds two ears of maize (corn) in his hand, which rest...

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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, blue-green and red paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware