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Human head effigy pottery jar

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Lidded jar modeled in the form of a human head, half-fleshed and half-skeletal.

Provenance

Mid- to late 1950s or 1960s, acquired by José Luis and Ethelbert Molina, Miami [see note 1]; late 1980s, sold by the Molinas to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; after 1995, sold by Lands Beyond to Hy and Shirley Zaret, Westport, CT; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 25, 2008) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 600–850

Object Place

Southern Highlands, Guatemala

Dimensions

Overall: 22.86 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number

2008.190a-b

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with specular hematite slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware