User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Tetrapod cylinder vessel

Start collecting

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 (one of the visible...

Show Full Description

Provenance

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

Dimensions

12.6 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.1172b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black slip paint and specular hematite pigment

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware