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Human hunchback effigy figure

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Seated elderly male hunchback figure with arms folded across chest. The effigy is hollow and open at the bottom. The hump on his back is enclosed and contains small spheres that produce a rattling sound. Atop the figure's head is a panache of square-cut feathers or perhaps cropped hair.

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, Late Preclassic to Early Classic Periods, 200 B.C.–A.D. 300

Object Place

Pacific Coastal plain, El Salvador or Guatemala

Dimensions

14.8 x 8.6 cm (5 13/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1223

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: white on orange slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware