Large dish

Late Classic Period
A.D. 700–800

Object Place: El Petén, Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá area


9.5 x 22.7 cm (3 3/4 x 8 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware; red, orange, black, and white on yellow-orange slip paint

Not On View





Exterior wall and bottom of dish are embellished with narrative scenes. On the exterior wall is a drinking scene involving eight seated animal impersonators (human figures with animal heads). A large jar (olla) with a small drinking cup set on its top sits between the rabbit-headed figure and a fox (?) -headed being. Behind him sits six other figures holding small drinking cups, including two deer-headed figures, a pisote or opossum-headed being, and perhaps three feline-headed figures (one head is completed eroded). Each figure may be identified by the short hieroglyphic phrases (composed of one or two glyphs) painted next to them, although most are too indistinct to read. The narrative scene on bottom of the vessel depicts a kneeling woman offering to a man seated on a throne a sheaf of stick-like objects and a small cloth with intricate edging. The male figure’s seat is covered with a jaguar pelt. Short hieroglyphic phrases appear to name the two individuals, the text behind the woman being nearly completed eroded. This scene has been repainted in modern times, although the repainting seems generally to follow the original outlines.


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