Cylinder vase

Late Classic Period
A.D. 680–750

Place of Manufacture: El Petén, Guatemala, Nakbé area, El Mirador Basin

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1843, Kerr 1181


11 x 12 cm (4 5/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black and red on cream slip paint

Not On View





Codex-style vase depicting three supernatural shamanic co-essences (wayob), including a waterlily-toad, a dog-jaguar wearing a fringed scarf, and a monkey with a deer’s ear and antlers. Short hieroglyphic texts in the scene name each of the co-essences, and an attenuated (6 glyphs-long) version of the Primary Standard Sequence is found below the vase’s rim. Modern in-painting is present in some of the outlines of the pictorial image and a few of the hieroglyphs, the in-painting generally following the original lines. The vase has three small tau-shaped supports.


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