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Human effigy with tenoned head

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Human figural sculpture with removable head (1988.1222b), its long tenon fitting into an opening at the top of the torso. An indented, flattened oval in the forehead likely represents a mirror, implying supernatural status for this figure.

Provenance

Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Classic Period, A.D. 450–700

Object Place

Alta Verapaz or adjacent southern highlands (?), Guatemala

Dimensions

23.2 x 12.8 x 12.6 cm (9 1/8 x 5 1/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1222a

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: unslipped

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware