User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Female effigy pottery bottle

Start collecting

This bottle is modeled and painted in the form of a woman grasping two bunches of produce. She wears a long-sleeved tunic, its lower edge embellished with lobsters and pollywogs. A mantle, decorated with geometric designs, covers her head and back.


Possibly as early as the 1920s to the 1940s, collection of Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop (1892-1965), archaeologist, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Harvard University; by descent through family; March 1998, sold by Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, lot 27, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Nasca, Early Intermediate period (Nasca Phases 6-7), A.D. 500–650

Object Place

South Coast, Peru


Overall: 17.15 cm (6 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware