Late Classic Period
Object Place: Belize or Mexico
17.1 x 12.3 cm (6 3/4 x 4 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: black, red, maroon, and white on orange slip paint
Not On View
Polychrome cylinder vase painted with a scene that includes three women wearing long dresses and five male figures wearing black shorts and black short-sleeved tunics. One woman and one man hold small white balls that may indicate the scene is related to the ritual Mesoamerican ballgame. One male figure smokes a cigarette or cigar, and a kneeling woman drinks from a small cup. The hieroglyphic text around the rim repeats the same head variant glyph (meaning unknown), each one separated by a glyph-like decorative motif.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay