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K'iché cache urn fragment

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This fragment from a K'iché-style cache urn depicts a humanoid male face. His head emerges from the maw of a jaguar, identified by the jaguar ears and jaguar pelt painted on both sides of the eyes and ears. A cartouche at the top of the human head may originally have been painted with a...

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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


31 x 38 cm (12 3/16 x 14 15/16 x 6 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of white, red, and black post-fire paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware