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Human effigy head

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Solid, hand-modeled human head broken from a figurine. Traces of orange pigment on the face, especially on the proper lower left cheek, and traces of red pigment in the mouth and on the proper left ear. Pupils and nostrils were made by deep punctates.


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

Maya, Middle to Late Preclassic Periods, 500–200 B.C.

Object Place

Southern Highlands or Pacific Coast, Guatemala


Overall: 5.7 x 5.3 x 2.9 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of orange and red pigment