Plate

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 680–750


Place of Manufacture: Department of El Petén, Northern Petén Lowlands, Guatemala, El Mirador Basin

Dimensions

4.5 x 32.4 cm (1 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1241

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, rose, and black on cream slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Codex-style plate with two large 6-Ajaw day glyphs flanking a double-columned vertical glyph band in the center of the plate, each column outlined by a thin red line. The text has been heavily repainted in modern times, but the visible portions of the original text seem to indicate it was comprised a repeating title sequence, each of the five sequences ending with an ajaw (“lord”) glyph. The exterior of the plate is painted with black motifs replicating a jaguar pelt.

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