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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.


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



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

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Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware