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Jaguar effigy pottery vessel

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Before 1945, given to a European diplomat by Maria Mercedes de Medina, daughter of the ambassador from Nicaragua during World War II; private collections in Europe; May 12, 2005, sold at Sothebys New York, lot 241, 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

Guanacaste-Nicoya culture, Period VI, 1000–1350

Object Place

Guanacaste-Nicoya region, southwestern Nicaragua/northwestern Costa Rica


Overall: 34.29 cm (13 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with black and orange on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware