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Removable headdress from a figurine. This mold-made headdress depicts a human head emerging from the open mouth of an alligator-like creature. The neck area comprises a hollowed half-sphere that would fit on top of the head of a human figurine.


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

Aztec, Late Postclassic period, A.D. 1350–1521

Object Place

Central highlands, México


Overall: 6.8 x 8 x 4.1 cm (2 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of white pigment