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Lid of tetrapod vessel

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The lid is decorated with two incised abstract renderings of a profile saurian head. Its cylindrical knob is unusually tall (4.6 cm) and wide (4.6 cm). See 1972.1171b for the vessel's tetrapod base. Also see 1972.1172a and b for a very similar vessel.


By June, 1972, Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York; September 13, 1972, sold by Jax to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1972, gift of Landon Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1972)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Early Classic Period, A.D. 350–550

Object Place

northern Petén lowlands, Guatemala or Mexico


9.8 x 20.2 cm (3 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware