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This mask renders a human face in typical Teotihuacan style. The slightly opened mouth reveals the upper teeth, each tooth filed to a point. This mask-like face likely was tied onto a mummy bundle, the wrapping in cloth of the flexed body of the deceased being a prominant Teotihuacan burial...

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Provenance

Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Teotihuacan, Classic period, A.D. 1–550

Object Place

Teotihuacán vicinity, Central Highlands, Mexico

Dimensions

7.2 x 10.5 cm (2 13/16 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1224

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red-orange and white paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware