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Tripod plate with tall, cylindrical supports. Its interior surface is painted with the image of a Maya lord dancing in front of a bench throne which is decorated with sky signs. The lord peers into a divination mirror which is set atop the bench and leaning against a stack of cloth topped by...

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Acquired in New York sometime before the early 1980s by a private collector (according to both Sotheby's and the family of the seller's estate this object was in his New York apartment for decades); sold Sotheby's, New York, Sale N07996, lot 192, May 14, 2004; to the MFA, June 2004, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

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

Place of Origin

Department of El Petén, Yaxhá-Holmul-Xultún area, Guatemala


Overall: Diam: 37.2 cm (14 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware; pink, black and orange slip decoration




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware