Carved pottery bowl

Early Classic Period
A.D. 450-650

Object Place: Guatemala, Southern Highlands


Overall: 18.42 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with black slip paint and red pigment

Not On View





Bowl decorated with two modeled and incised humanoid faces on each side of the vessels. Red pigment highlights the carved and incised areas.

The depiction of supernatural beings with mustaches is typical of the highland Maya, for whom the mustache was unusual. Although many cultural features were shared, the lowland and highland Maya had unique intellectual, socio-political, and artistic characteristics.


Mid- to late 1950s or 1960s, acquired by José Luis and Ethelbert Molina, Miami [see note 1]; late 1980s, sold by the Molinas to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; after 1995, sold by Lands Beyond to Hy and Shirley Zaret, Westport, CT; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 25, 2008)

[1] According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret