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Oblong-shaped vessel with off-center orifice, the end of which is modeled and incised to portray a profile human face. The figure's ear and circular earflare are contiguous with the rim of the vessel, that the hair is indicated by incised lines arching upwards from the ear and outlining 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

Zapotec, Late Classic period (Monte Albán IIIb), A.D. 600–900

Object Place

Monte Albán area, Oaxaca, México


Overall: 5.7 x 7.5 x 11 cm (2 1/4 x 2 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: fine gray paste




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware