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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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Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1972.1172a

Medium or Technique

Monochrome blackware

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware