Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period / modern era
A.D. 650–800

Object Place: Mexico or Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1078; Kerr 689


18.8 x 12.8 cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: scraped and incised decoration

Not On View





The vessel may be authentic although it is uncharacteristically heavy for Classic period Maya ceramics. The carved imagery is of modern origin. The scene depicts three standing human male figures resembling those on the carved stone panels and stucco façades at Palenque, Mexico.


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