Late Classic Period
Object Place: Guatemala, Motagua River Valley
Overall: 15.9 x 12.7 cm (6 1/4 x 5 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware with black slip paint and red pigment
Not On View
Cylinder vase with fluted sides and carved hieroglyphic rim text featuring a regional variant of the Primary Standard Sequence dedicatory text.
Maya artists were equally adept at carved hieroglyphic texts that preserve the fluidity of the painted line. Carved pottery provides a hint of the masterful woodcarvings of the Classic Period, which have not survived but are known through these ceramic versions.
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)
 According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.
Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret