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Female effigy pottery bottle

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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.

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2008.192

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware