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Lid of tetrapod vessel

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This lid is decorated with two incised abstract renderings of a profile saurian head. Its cylindrical knob is unusually tall (5 cm) and wide (5.1 cm). One side and the underside rim of the lid are covered with calcium carbonate inclusions from the vessel's burial environment. See 1972.1172b...

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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, Mexico or Guatemala


10.7 x 20.9 cm (4 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Monochrome blackware




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware