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This miniature sculpture replicates the round, monumental altars found at many Classic period Maya sites. The circular top rests on three stone spheres, and may make reference to the Three Stone Place where the ancient Maya gods created the cosmos as recounted in the Maya epic "Popol Vuh." The...

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Provenance

John B. Fulling collection, Florida, by 1975; lent to MFA, June 1, 1987; to MFA, December 1987, gift of John B. Fulling.

Credit Line

Gift of John B. Fulling

Maya, Late Classic period, A.D. 550–750

Object Place

Guatemala, Belize, or Mexico

Dimensions

1.6 x 10.8 cm (5/8 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1987.714a-d

Medium or Technique

Fine-grain limestone or alabaster: specular hematite pigment

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects