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On this vase Yajawte' K'inich, the k'uhul ajaw (divine ruler) of the Ik' polity, undergoes a vision-quest rite, perhaps on the date 7 Ok 13 Xul ( in the Maya Long Count calendar or 25 May A.D. 749). Here, he wears a fantastic jaguar-crustacean outfit and stares into a divination...

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Collection of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay, Boston, by the late 1970s; to MFA December 2003.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–780

Object Place

Motul de San José area, Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



Overall: 17.1 x 11.9 cm (6 3/4 x 4 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware