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Vase with modeled and incised human face

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Tall-necked jar with a modeled human face on the body of the vessel. The facial features are outlined by parallel, incised lines that may transform the face into that of an elderly person. The small, protruding chin may depict a goatee. A single hole is pierced through each earlobe.

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, Classic Period, A.D. 250–850

Object Place

Southern Highlands, Guatemala

Dimensions

13 x 13.5 cm (5 1/8 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1254

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red-orange slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware