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Female effigy jar

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Pottery jar modeled and painted in the form of a human female figure. Her long braids form the jar's two handles, and the vessel's orifice is her open mouth. The paint is made from plant resin and mineral pigments, the typical medium for decorating Paracas ceramics from the later centuries of...

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Private collection, New York, New York, by 1968; to Landon T. Clay, Boston, in 1968; to MFA, December 2004, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Paracas, Early Horizon (late phase), 200–1 B.C.

Object Place

South Coast, Peru


40 x 28 cm (15 3/4 x 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, ochre, black and white post-fire resin paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware