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Bowl with Rattle Base

c. 900–1519
Diameter: 7.9 x 11 cm (3 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)
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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.
Bowl with Rattle Base

Bowl with Rattle Base

c. 900–1519

Mexico, Cholula?, Mixteca-Puebla Style, 10th-16th century

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