Dish

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 700–800


Place of Manufacture: Xultún area, Department of El Petén, Guatemala, eastern Petén lowlands

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1839

Dimensions

5.7 x 14.7 cm (2 1/4 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1264

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black on cream slip paint; red-orange slip paint on exterior bottom

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Bowl painted with Primary Standard Sequence hieroglyphic text typical of Eastern Petén style (Chinos Black-on-cream ceramic type) pottery. Double black lines encircle interior rim of bowl, and its exterior bottom is painted with red-orange slip in a varigated pattern.

Provenance

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