Pedestal Bowl

Pedestal Bowl

c. 900-1519

Earthenware with colored slips

Diameter: 14.4 x 18.6 cm (5 11/16 x 7 5/16 in.); Overall: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1951.317

Description

The nobility may have used these goblets for a chocolate beverage or for pulque, made from the fermented sap of the maguey cactus. Both are painted with the precision and brilliant colors for which the Mixteca-Puebla style is renowned, and they carry some of the same motifs, such as the band of stylized animal heads at the top. The smaller bowl has a rattle base.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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