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Olmec-style head from a large, hollow infantile figurine. The hair is indicated by a thin slab of striated clay attached to the top and rear of the head. The open mouth reveals two small incisor teeth, and a protruding tongue rests on the lower lip. The reddish-buff clay paste recalls pottery...

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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

Olmec, Middle to Late Preclassic periods, 600–300 B.C.

Object Place

Veracruz, Puebla or Morelos, México

Dimensions

Overall: 10 x 8.6 x 6.3 cm (3 15/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1993.787

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Figurines