Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 700–850

Object Place: Guatemala or Belize

Catalogue Raisonné



19.7 x 12.4 cm (7 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: gouged-incised with orange slip paint

Not On View





Gouged and incised imagery depicting a riitual hunt. Three hunters carry long blow pipe weapons, and each plays an instrument (a small flute, a conch shell trumpet, and what may be a rasp). The conch shell player also carries on his back a bundled deer. A fourth, seated figure, whose hunting role in unclear, wears a long over-skirt. Between the figures are rendered the animals being hunted, including an armadillo, a jaguar, a deer, a rabbit, and five birds.


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