Bowl with Rattle Base

Bowl with Rattle Base

c. 900-1519

Earthenware with colored slips

Diameter: 7.9 x 11 cm (3 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Bequest of Jane Taft Ingalls 1962.249


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
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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