Cylinder vase

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 680–750


Place of Manufacture: Department of El Petén, Guatemala, El Mirador Basin

Dimensions

12.4 x 10.3 cm (4 7/8 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1259

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Codex-style cylinder vase with man seated on throne, four kneeling warriors, and a fifth man climbing a pole. The narrative scene depicts a decapitation sacrifice associated with warfare. A decapitated human head hangs upside down in front of the lord seated on the throne or litter, and a line of red paint (representing blood) flows from its nose. A jaguar crouches at the base of the throne/litter. Most of the imagery has been overpainted or repainted in modern times, although the modern paintings seems to follow some of the original imagery.

Provenance

Between about 1974 and 1981, probably purchased in Guatemala by John B. Fulling (b. 1924 – d. 2005), The Art Collectors of November, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL; May 20, 1987, sold by John B. Fulling to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1988, year-end gift of Landon Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1989)

NOTE: This is one in a group of Maya artifacts (MFA accession nos. 1988.1169 – 1988.1299) known as the “November Collection” after John Fulling’s company, the Art Collectors of November, Inc. John Fulling sold this group of objects to MFA donor Landon Clay in 1987, and they were given to the Museum the following year.
Evidence suggests that John Fulling built the November Collection from sources in Guatemala between 1974 and 1981. Only a portion of what he acquired during this time came to the MFA in 1988. It is not possible to determine precisely which objects were acquired when or from whom.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay