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Solid, hand-modeled figurine representing a standing human female with short outstretched arms. She wears a tall cylindrical headdress whose top is modeled in the form of a peyote cactus fruit (or "button"). Traces of red slip paint remain on the lips and parts of the headdress. The surface...

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Provenance

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 to Late Preclassic periods, 600–200 B.C.

Object Place

West Mexico, Mexico

Dimensions

Overall: 22.2 x 9.8 cm (8 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.744

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of brown and red slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Figurines