Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guanajuato Valley, ca. 300-200 BCE. The breadth of the Chupicuaro ceramic tradition never ceases to amaze us. The indigenous of this culture used a vivid palette and bold patterns that set their ceramics apart. While these artists drew upon the traditions of the Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit cultures of West Mexico, they experimented with forms and pigments and ultimately created an artform that inspired much of the pottery of the American Southwest. This example possesses an elegant form with a collared rim that is adorned with both geometric motifs and a playful band of figures that hold their arms up as if supporting the contents of the bowl or perhaps ritualistically calling for rain. Perforations for suspension exist on the rim as well. Size: 3-1/4"H x 7-1/2"D.
Condition: Intact with visible hairline cracks on opposing sides of bowl.
Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica, CA collection acquired in the 1970s
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