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Ameca-Etzatlán-style solid figurine head with natural manganese staining of the dark red clay. Nostrils and earflares have deep punctations, and the eyes and decoration of the head wrap are indicated by deep slashes in the clay. Traces of white slip remain in the headdress, earflares, mouth...

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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

Jalisco, Late Preclassic period, 300 B.C.–A.D. 200

Object Place

Jalisco, México


Overall: 7.6 x 6.4 x 5.3 cm (3 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of white slip