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Ceramic vessel modeled in the form of a seated human female with short arms held out from her body. The vessel's main orifice is located at the top of the figure's head, and its chamber is pierced by her navel and mouth. The semi-hemispherical shape of the top of her head may replicate some...

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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

West Mexico, Middle Preclassic, 600–300 B.C.

Object Place

probably Colima, Mexico


Overall: 19 x 9.8 x 9.2 cm (7 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: post-fire paint or burial encrustation