Human face effigy vessel
Late Preclassic period
200 B.C.–A.D. 300
Object Place: Colima, México
Overall: 10.2 x 16.3 cm (4 x 6 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: red-brown and black slip paint
Not On View
Fluted bowl with in-set rim and slightly concave base. A humanoid face is modeled in low relief on the front of the bowl, and vertical flutes embellish the rest of the bowl’s surface. Two tiny nubbins on the forehead likely represent ears; the small holes punched in their surface do not pierce the clay and thus did not function as tie-holds. Sets of three parallel, thin black lines decorate the in-set rim band, and two parallel lines with side volutes are painted in the center of the face’s forehead.
Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.
Gift of Margret Craver Withers