K'iche burial or cache urn base

Late Classic Period
A.D. 650–850

Object Place: K'iche, Guatemala, Southern Highlands


58.5 x 58.5 cm (23 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





The urn’s front is decorated with a scroll-eyed saurian creature or “xoc monster.” From its open maw emerges a zoomorphic jaguar with extended forepaws. Vertical flanges at each side of the urn have been restored in modern times. See 1988.1295a for the lid of this cache 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