Pedestal bowl

Late Classic Period
A.D. 650–750

Object Place: Department of El Petén, Guatemala, Holmul region

Catalogue Raisonné



10.79 x 9.52 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red and orange on cream, Maya Blue post-fire paint

Not On View





Holmul-style footed bowl with Primary Standard Sequence rim text naming an elite person from the eastern Peten region of Guatemala. A row of long-necked water birds embellish the side of the dish. The remains of post-fire “Maya Blue” pigment are found on the rim and exterior basal foot of the 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