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Human effigy mortar

500 B.C.–A.D. 100


Dimensions

7.8 x 4.5 cm (3 1/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1995.744

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: unslipped

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tools & equipment

Cone-shaped mortar rendered as a highly simplified human figure. The slightly convex bottom (grinding surface) of the figure is heavily scored with perpendicular lines.

Provenance

Acquired from dealers in Ecuador or Peru by William and Shirley Epstein in the 1960's; to MFA, November 1995, gift of William and Shirley Epstein.

Credit Line

Gift of William and Shirley Epstein