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On this vase ten men are drinking and smoking potent tobacco as part of a ritual event. The alcoholic drink-probably made from fermented honey and flavored with special leaves-is contained in jars marked with the hieroglyph ki or chi, which in Lowland Mayan languages refers to sweet substances....

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Provenance

July 1, 1980, sold by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York, to Landon and Lavinia Clay, Boston; 2003, year-end gift of Landon and Lavinia Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–750

Object Place

Usumacinta River area, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

Kerr 1092

Dimensions

Overall: 19.1 x 15.9 cm (7 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2003.775

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red, orange, black and white on cream slip decoration

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware