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Human mask carved from a light weight wood and covered with tiny pieces of turquoise and black stone. The mouth is slightly open, revealing a row of upper teeth made from white shell. The eyes are made of mother-of-pearl, the pupils of which are indicated by circular holes cut through the...

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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

Mixtec or Aztec, Postclassic period, A.D. 1100–1521

Object Place

Central or Southern Highlands, Mexico

Dimensions

16.8 x 14.1 x 4.5 cm (6 5/8 x 5 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1207

Medium or Technique

Wood with turquoise, black stone, shell, and mother of pearl

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Masks