Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 680–750

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Kerr 1345


13.2 x 10.6 cm (5 3/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red and black on cream slip paint

Not On View





Codex-style vase with scene of the Hero Twin Hun Ajaw, using his blowgun to shoot a mythological creature perched in a tree. Behind Hun Ajaw is a supine human figure lying in a pool of water, who may be the other Hero Twin Xbalanque, although no icons certainly identify him as such. He may have artistic connotations, implied by the three paint-brush-like objects emerging from the front of his head wrap. Two hieroglyphs name Hun Ajaw, and the one above the supine figure is too eroded to discern its salient features.


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