Cylinder vase with palace scene

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 700–800


Object Place: Motul de San José to Dos Pilas areas, El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1083

Dimensions

19 x 13 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1987.718

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: pink, reddish-brown, orange, black, and white on cream slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

The narrative scene depicts a meeting between two lords seated on a bench-throne. The primary lord wears a black deer headdress, and a dwarf-like person accompanies the other lord. Behind the main figure sits a woman, and behind her kneels a man wearing a jaguar-deer headdress and jaguar pelt cape. All figures except the main lord hold a bouquet-like sheaf of white and orange-painted objects. Short glyphs texts in the scene identify the participants and may specify the nature of the event.

Provenance

About 1971-1973, purchased in Guatemala by John B. Fulling (b. 1924 – d. 2005), Lighthouse Point, Florida; 1987, year-end gift of John B. Fulling to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 1988)

Credit Line

Gift of John B. Fulling