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Human face effigy vessel

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Fluted bowl with in-set rim and slightly concave base. A humanoid face is modeled in low relief on the front of the bowl, and vertical flutes embellish the rest of the bowl's surface. Two tiny nubbins on the forehead likely represent ears; the small holes punched in their surface do not pierce...

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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

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

Object Place

Colima, México


Overall: 10.2 x 16.3 cm (4 x 6 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red-brown and black slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware