Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 680–750

Place of Manufacture: Department of El Petén, Guatemala, El Mirador Basin or Calakmul (Mexico) area

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1081; Kerr 3312


11.7 x 10 cm (4 5/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red and black on light orange slip paint

Not On View





Codex-style (orange background substyle) vase with a scene depicting three supernatural co-essences (wayob) dancing in a procession. The dog-eared jaguar wears a long red scarf around his neck. The waterlily jaguar vomits into a water jar that has a small drinking cup set on top of it. The deer has a disembodied eye hanging by the optic nerve. A short hieroglyphic text in front of each supernatural records its name.


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