Miniature bottle

Maya
Late Classic Period
600–850


Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Dimensions

Overall: 10.2 x 7.6 x 3.5 cm (4 x 3 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2008.188

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red pigment

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Mold-made, miniature pottery bottle embellished with a scene featuring the Classic Maya deities God K (K’awiil) and God L, which commonly adorn these miniature containers for tobacco snuff, pigments, or other powdered materials.

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