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Effigy vessel

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Fragmentary human head effigy bowl with only the front half surviving. The main body of the vessel renders a face with nearly closed eyes, open mouth, and a diagonal slash in each cheek. The ears, with small, disk-like ear ornaments, also are present. A second face surmounts the vessel,...

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Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers

Guatemala, 300 B.C.–A.D. 500

Object Place

Pacific Coast or Southern Highlands, Guatemala


9.8 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of red slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware