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Two renderings of the so-called jaguar god of the Underworld (the underworld sun), one on each side of the vase, depict him seated on a throne of crossed femurs and disembodied eyes surrounded by the black waters of the Underworld. He holds a large sacrificial knife in his left hand, and blood...

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With Lee Moore, Miami, by the early 1970s; to Landon T. Clay, Boston, about 1972; to the MFA, December 2004, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–800

Object Place

southeastern Guatemala or southern Belize


Overall (H x D): 26 x 10.5 cm (10 1/4 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware wtih red, orange and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware