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Ceramic Form No. 11 (Pregnant Ghost)

about 1949
Leza McVey (American, 1907–1984)


Dimensions

Overall: 77.5 x 25.4 x 15.2 cm (30 1/2 x 10 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1129a-b

Medium or Technique

Slab-built stoneware with matte glaze and modeled stopper

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics

Very tall asymmetrical bottle form with sculptural stopper. Oatmeal glaze, darkens to rusty-brown at foot. Loss (about 1/4”) at top of neck (covered by lip of stopper).

Signed

Possibly inscribed in glaze within foot ring - obscured by three layers of paper or masking-tape labels, uppermost of which has printed "Leza McVey #11 N.F.S. Value 0-00" Foot ring also shows what are probably glaze notes. Stopper retains masking tape label "Leza McVey #11 N.F.S."

Provenance

By 2012, collection of Philip E. Aarons, New York; 2012, year-end gift of Aarons to the MFA. (Accession date: Februrary 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons in honor of Jules and Jeanette Aarons