Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 600–750

Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné



Overall: 18.4 x 11.4 cm (7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red, orange, and black on white slip decoration

Not On View





Tall cylinder vase with palace scene. A lord, sitting on a bench throne adorned with a tabbed cloth and a large cushion behind the figure, receives a full-head mask from an attendant kneeling before him. A second personage standing behind the enthroned lord strikes a dance pose; he is dressed in performance garb and holds a fan-like dance banner. The vase’s upper rim serves as the palace room’s ceiling, from which hangs vertically striped curtains. The hieroglyphs painted throughout the pictorial field comprise a “pseudo-glyph” text.

An enthroned lord receives a performance costume and dance fan.


By about the late 1970s, Lavinia and Landon T. Clay, New Hampshire; 2003, year-end gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2004)

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay