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K'iche burial or cache urn base

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The urn's front is decorated with a scroll-eyed saurian creature or "xoc monster." From its open maw emerges a zoomorphic jaguar with extended forepaws. Vertical flanges at each side of the urn have been restored in modern times. See 1988.1295a for the lid of this cache vessel.


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


58.5 x 58.5 cm (23 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware