Tripod vessel with effigy lid

Maya
Early Classic Period
A.D. 350–550


Object Place: Mexico or Guatemala

Dimensions

10.1 x 17.8 cm (4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

1983.399a

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown slip paint with post-fire yellow and white pigment

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

The lid is embellished with a modeled and carved rendering of the Maize god emerging from a cross-shaped opening in the back of a turtle, which symbolizes the earth. The Maize god is painted white, and the turtle’s carapace and legs are tinted yellow. Attached to the outer edge of the lid are fourteen hollow appliqued elements, perhaps rendering seed pods. These are filled with tiny pellets that rattle when the lid is moved. See 1983.399b for the tripod cylinder vase paired with this lid.

Provenance

With Alphonse Jax, New York, by 1983; to MFA, October 1983, gift of Alphonse Jax.

Credit Line

Gift of Alphonse Jax