Mask
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.1055
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Mask
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Large Mask with Hollow Eyes, Open Mouth
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
mask, sculpture
Date
3rd-7th century
Places
Creation Place: North America, Mexico, Teotihuacan
Culture
Mexican
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gray limestone with traces of polychromy
Dimensions
18.9 x 19.7 x 11 cm (7 7/16 x 7 3/4 x 4 5/16 in.)
with base: 28.8 x 19.7 x 12.4 cm (11 5/16 x 7 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back of base, ink, typed: 10
  • label: back of base, ink, handwritten: 17
  • label: back of mount, graphite, handwritten: Drawing / Rm
Provenance
Brummer Gallery, New York, NY; sold to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1938; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.1055
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Eyes elongated; broad nose shows deep nostrils; mouth partially open; ears performated. "Saw" marks. Eyes show shallow holes at each corner. Traces of having been inlaid. Black-painted wood base.
Publication History

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 8

Exhibition History

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

Tangible Things, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Cambridge, 01/24/2011 - 05/29/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Google Art Project

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