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Small plate with image of snail emerging from its shell, the snail and shell embellished by short feathers. The gray slip paint was likely originally green in color. Exterior is unslipped although thin black and orange bands encircle the upper edge just below the rim.


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

Campeche (?), Mexico

Catalogue Raisonné



5.8 x 27.5 cm (2 5/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, black and gray on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware