The Michoacan Culture from Mexico dates from Ca.- 250 B.C. - 200 A.D. They were a fiercely independent people occupying the Tarascan State and actually prevented the aggressive Aztecs from expanding their northwestern empire.Michoacan ceramics developed in relative isolation since they had very little contact with their surrounding neighbors and are quite distinctive in their color and design motifs. This large tripod bowl measures 9" in diameter and is 3 5/8" in height and it has a striated rough center area used for grating. The interior designs are highly abstract and the three legs still contain free moving ceramic balls or small rocks which make a rattling sound when shaken. The base clay is a soft buff color with the painted design elements in a deep red an cream combination. Highlights are with narrow bands of of orange paint and the bowl exhibits good mineral deposits attesting to great age.