Cylinder vessel

Maya
Late Classic Period
600–850


Object Place: Guatemala, Motagua River Valley

Dimensions

Overall: 15.9 x 12.7 cm (6 1/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

2008.195

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with black slip paint and red pigment

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

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.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret