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Owl effigy vessel

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Modeled and painted effigy vessel rendering an owl. The vessel is typical of the Babilonia-style pottery from northwestern Honduras.


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.

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Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Maya, Late Classic Period, 600–850

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Overall: 12.7 x 9.8 cm (5 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red, orange and black on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware