Incense burner base
Early Classic Period
Object Place: Department of Tiquisate, Guatemala
23.4 x 29 cm (9 3/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: traces of white post-fire paint
Not On View
Hourglass-shaped base for a Maya Teotihuacan-style incense burner. Two flanges attached to opposite sides of the base are embellished with circular disks that may represent earflares. A similar but horizontal form is attached to the front of the base.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay