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Tripod vessel with effigy lid

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The lid is embellished with a modeled and carved rendering of the Maize god emerging from a cross-shaped opening in the back of a turtle, which symbolizes the earth. The Maize god is painted white, and the turtle's carapace and legs are tinted yellow. Attached to the outer edge of the lid are...

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With Alphonse Jax, New York, by 1983; to MFA, October 1983, gift of Alphonse Jax.

Credit Line

Gift of Alphonse Jax

Maya, Early Classic Period, A.D. 350–550

Object Place

Mexico or Guatemala


10.1 x 17.8 cm (4 x 7 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown slip paint with post-fire yellow and white pigment




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware