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The narrative scene renders an enema-taking ritual by three male humans. Two kneeling figures insert into their anuses the nozzle of an enema bag, and the third seated figure has tucked the bag into the back of his loin cloth.

Provenance

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. 650–750

Place of Manufacture

northern Belize

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1084

Dimensions

12.8 x 13.4 cm (5 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1277

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, gray (originally green), and black on orange ground

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware