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Tetrapod cylinder vessel

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This cylindrical base for a lidded vessel is embellished with two incised profile saurian heads, one on each side of the vessel (for a total of two heads). The four cylindrical supports are hollow and each contains a ceramic pellet that rattles when the vessel is moved. Four coffee bean-shaped...

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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


14.8 x 19.7 cm (5 13/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware