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Large plate with three tall, cylindrical supports ("legs"), each containing a rattle sphere of clay. Painted in the Holmul-style of eastern Guatemala, the image features the Maize god dancing at creation when he set the Three Stones of the cosmic hearth. These stones also are represented by...

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Provenance

By 1965, private collection, Costa Rica and later Miami; 1965, sold from this private collection in Miami to a private American collection; December 6, 2005, consigned for sale, Christie's, Paris (sale no. 5329), lot 450, unsold; 2006, sold by Christie's, New York to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2006) NOTE: The plate was exhibited at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, in 1980; tested at Brookhaven National Laboratories, 1981, as part of the Maya Survey database and given # MS0605; photographed by Justin Kerr, New York, before 1992 and given Kerr #5723; exhibited in Painting the Maya Universe (Duke University, January 15-March 27, 1994; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 15- June 26, 1994; Denver Art Museum, July 15-September 15, 1994; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 8, 1994-January 8, 1995; Yale University Art Museum, February 10, April 23, 1995), and was exhibited at Christie's, New York, November 10-15, 2005 and in Paris, December 2-5, 2005.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 672–830

Object Place

Naranjo-Holmul area, Department of Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS0605; Kerr 5723

Dimensions

Overall: 14 x 33 cm (5 1/2 x 13 in.)

Accession Number

2006.844

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, and black on cream slip

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware