K'iché burial or cache urn base

Late Classic Period
A.D. 650–850

Object Place: Guatemala, Southern Highlands


61.2 x 53.2 cm (24 1/8 x 20 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: yellow, black, white and red post-fire paint

Not On View





The body of the urn is decorated with the image of a jaguar, with modeled head and forepaws and painted body. Two horizontal rows of four loop handles are arranged equally around the urn’s circumference. Four are attached to the urn’s wide rim band, and four wider loop handles are attached at the urn’s midpoint, rotated 45 degrees from the locations of the handles of the rim band.


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