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Portrait head bottle

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Stirrup-spouted, portrait head bottle representing a male person. The vessel may be of 20th-century origin but made from an ancient, Moche mold. The surface is covered with a dull, black, slip-like coating that may have been fired onto the piece.


With C. A. Wellington, Boston, by January 1879 (also referred to as Wellington Art Rooms, Household Art Room, and Household Art Association in the acquisition ledgers); to MFA, January 1879, purchased for $15.00.

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Moche / modern casting (?), Early Intermediate Period / modern era, A.D. 50–800 / 20th century

Object Place

North Coast, Perú


26.7 x 14.5 x 17.5 cm (10 1/2 x 5 11/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black surface encrustation (slip paint?)




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware