Jalisco Blood Offering Olla #2, Pre-Columbian Mexico
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 963927
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An interesting miniature blood offering olla from Pre-Columbian Jalisco, Mexico, circa 200 A.D. - 400 A.D. Measuring approximately 1 1/2" wide by about 7/8" tall, this nicely-formed miniature olla is made of buff terra-cotta and features three pointed lugs, each perforated for suspension. Examples of these diminutive olla's are found in the ancient lake bed area of Lake Chapala (a remnant of Lake Jalisco near modern-day Guadalajara, Mexico), and are believed to be unique to this location.
Ethnographic research indicates that these small pots were originally used by ancient inhabitants of the region to contain ancient, personal blood offerings. It is believed that individuals cut themselves, made their offering into the pot, sealed it, and threw it into lake Chapala (perhaps even swung and thrown from strands once attached to the lugs) as ceremonial/ritual offerings to the rain god, Tlaloc.
Condition: Intact with minor chips and expected surface wear. The light greenish residue in places is believed to perhaps be mineral residue from the soil.
Reference: Similar examples in the museums collections at Mezcala and Ocotlan, Mexico.
An affordable example of an interesting and rare artifact.