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Mold-made face from a figurine or effigy vessel representing an elderly individual, perhaps a supernatural because of the enlarged, squared eyes. The slightly concave rear of the head is well-smoothed, with roughened attachment "scars" visible on all edges of the head. The gritty, red paste...

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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

México (undetermined), Postclassic period, A.D. 900–1521

Object Place

Tabasco or Campeche(?), México


Overall: 7.2 x 6.6 x 2 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/8 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of white pigment