Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 650–850

Object Place: Guatemala, Petén lowlands

Catalogue Raisonné



29.8 x 15.1 cm (11 3/4 x 5 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, and black on light orange slip paint

Not On View





Vessel is painted with a scene depicting an elderly supernatural being carried on a waterlily effigy litter supported by four small humanoid supernaturals. A standing human figure offers to the elderly personage a dish whose contents are too eroded to identify. Behind the elderly supernatural are four seated musicians playing maracas, a hand drum, and a turtle shell. Below them are five supernatural beings, four of whom are skelelal humanoids and one a fleshed gopher-like creature. All five have pinwheel-like motifs instead of legs. A Primary Standard Sequence hieroglyphic text encircles the upper rim, its introductory two glyphs being very unusual, eroded, and repainted in modern times. Most of the vessel’s imagery has been repainted in modern times, especially the black outlines on the upper half of the vase.


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