K'iché burial or cache urn lid

Late Classic Period
A.D. 650–850

Object Place: Guatemala, Southern Highlands


35.3 x 61.5 cm (13 7/8 x 24 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: yellow, red, white and black paint

Not On View





Burial or cache urn lid with modeled jaguar effigy lying supine across the top of the lid. Four pairs of white-painted spikes arranged in parallel vertical bands adorn the lid below the jaguar, located at the “cardinal points” on the lid. Four loop handles are attached to the lid’s rim. See 1988.1293b for the base of this vessel.


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