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Artist: Unknown

Mask with Incised Design in Epi-Olmec Script

300 B.C.–A.D. 250

Incised and black slipped ceramic

11.75 × 8.89 × 6.35 cm (4 5/8 × 3 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)
Gift of Peter David Joralemon, B.A. 1969, M.Phil. 1974
2018.12.20
Geography: 
Chiapas, Mexico
Culture: 
Mexico, Chiapas, Izapa
Period: 
Protoclassic
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Ex-collection, Arno Leoff, Eduardo Uhardt, David Bramhall, acquired prior to 1982
William B. O'Boyle , New York, acquired 2/22/82
Acquired from Judith Nash, NYC in the 1990s

Bibliography: 

Samuel Y Edgerton, Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Aztec-Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica, exh. cat. (Northhampton, Mass.: Smith College Museum of Art, 1986), no. 16.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.