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Incense burner stand portraying a human figure with attributes of the so-called jaguar god of the underworld, which symbolizes the underworld sun. The tubular protrusions of his headdress are broken, and serpents emerge from behind his waist and fall to each side of his legs, the serpents' open...

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Provenance

Between 1946 and 1955, sold by Clay Lockett (b. 1906 - d. 1984) Tuscon, AZ, to Don Louis Percival (b. 1908 - d. 1979), Montecito, CA; 1975, sold by Don Louis Percival to Michael Haskell, Montecito, CA; 1998, sold by Michael Haskell to John and Claudia Menser, New York; 1999, sold by the Mensers to Timothy Phillips, Cambridge, MA; 2007, gift of Timothy Phillips to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Timothy and Katherine Sullivan

Maya, Late Classic Period, 700–800

Object Place

Tabasco or Chiapas, Mexico

Dimensions

Overall: 40.6 x 87.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 34 1/2 x 12 in.)

Accession Number

2007.840

Medium or Technique

Earthenware; traces of stucco with a dark red and "Maya Blue" paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware