Human head effigy jar
Late Classic Period
Object Place: Guatemala, Southern Highlands
Overall: 22.86 cm (9 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware with cream and specular hematite slip paint, and blue pigment
Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)
Lidded jar modeled in the form of a human head, half-fleshed and half-skeletal.
The skeletal imagery on this jar symbolizes the human life cycle and that of maize, as the bare maize cob was likened to bones without flesh.
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)
 According to information provided by Lands Beyond Gallery to the MFA, the Molina collection was formed between the mid-1950s and 1960s.
Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret