Seated male effigy

Late Preclassic period
300 B.C.–A.D. 200

Object Place: Nayarit, México


Overall: 22.6 x 14.6 x 9.5 cm (8 7/8 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black fugitive, red and cream slip paint

Not On View





Seated male figure resting a diamond-shaped baton or weapon on his right knee. He wears a simple loin cloth and an elaborate head wrap composed of two bands with fringe or feather embellishments. His jewelry includes multiple rings in his ears, a wide nose band, five neckbands of tiny beads, and a large string of beads on his upper left arm. His legs and forearms are painted with the cream slip, and black fugitive slip paint on his face and chest renders face-painting or tatoos. A small oval opening is located in the top rear of his head underneath the band of his head wrap


Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers