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Duck effigy

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The object is an earthenware vessel in the stylized form of a bird. The body of the bird is created by the horizontal ovoid shaped ceramic body. The neck of the vessel is at one end of the ovoid. The lip of the neck has plastic additions of eyes and a beak. A small handle on the upper surface of...

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Collected in the 1870s by James Stevenson (n. d.); with Hurst Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1989; purchased by MFA, 1989, from Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Lynch, Anne and Joseph P. Pellegrino, Anonymous gift, and Frank B. Bemis Fund

Native American (Acoma Pueblo), 1880–1900

Object Place

Acoma, New Mexico, United States


15.87 x 16.51 x 13.33 cm (6 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint and corncob




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware