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Esmeralda Clay Head

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Pre-Columbian Anonymous,
Esmeralda Clay Head, n. d.
2 7/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 4 in. (7.3 cm x 9.53 cm x 10.16 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Hand-built
Period: Pre-Columbian
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 86.12.37

Old number: H3005. Accompanied by a tag that reads: "Esmeralda Clay Head."

There are no marks aside from the old accession label.

Hand-built terracotta fragment that has been through oxidation and reduction, and may have remnants of paint.

Object Description
Pre-conquest Mexican terracotta fragment head. The fragment is hollow, with slit eyes, and has a fat, cylindrical form. There are ears on the sides with balls of clay which act as plugs through the lobes. The face is pinched, and the object is red and black from oxidation and reduction in the fire. There may be faint traces of paint on the piece. This may have been part of a pot, or the top portion of a vessel. The face itself may be representative of a monkey.

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