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Figurine head modeled from fine-grained buff clay with well-polished surface. The upper jaw and teeth are visible in the open mouth. A pair of holes at the back and on top of the head may indicate that the figurine originally wore a removable headdress. Traces of red pigment are found on the...

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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

Veracruz, Late Preclassic period, 200 B.C.–A.D. 100

Object Place

Veracruz or northeastern Oaxaca, México


Overall: 5.4 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm (2 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of red pigment