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Vase with appliqued snakes

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The body of this jar is embellished with small irregular globs of clay, unslipped and unsmoothed. Within this rough clay matrix are two modeled serpents with smoothly burnished bodies, the visual effect resembling snakes slithering within loosen or tilled soil. The vessel is...

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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. 550–850

Object Place

Guatemala or Belize


15.2 x 17.2 cm (6 x 6 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: unslipped and burnished, traces of white pigment




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware