Miniature bottle

Late Classic Period
A.D. 600–850

Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala


Overall: 8.3 x 4.8 x 3.2 cm (3 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red pigment

Not On View





Rectangular, miniature bottle with mold-made image of a supernatural being which often embellishes palace piers on the painted pictorial ceramics. The “impinged” bone icon in the forehead suggests an underworld connotation for the icon. The vessel’s form is that of a rectangular structure with thatched roof. The cork is a modern addition.


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)

[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