Drinking Cup

Drinking Cup

900-1519

Pottery with burnished, colored slips

Overall: 12.5 x 8.5 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.212

Fun Fact

Pulque, once the drink of gods and rulers, is now available in a can.

Description

After about the year 800, several Mixtec kingdoms developed in the regions known today as Oaxaca and Puebla in southern Mexico. Mixtec artists excelled in creating small-scale, fine works of art, including polychrome pottery. A Mixtec noble may have used this well-painted goblet to drink chocolate or pulque, a fermented beverage made from the sap of the maguey cactus.

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