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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.


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


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

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: unslipped




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware