Vase with modeled and incised imagery

Terminal Classic Period
A.D. 750–900

Object Place: Petén Lowlands, Guatemala, Usumacinta River Drainage


15 x 13.4 cm (5 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: Fine Orange ware with traces of white slip paint

Not On View





Globular vase with annular base. Each side of vase is embellished with a pictorial scene, each of which depicts the presentation of gifts/tribute by one male to another. The seated figures lean against decorated pillows, and a zoomorphic waterlily icon defines the bottom register of each scene. The presented objects include a jadeite bead necklace and a panache of quetzal feathers.


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