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Small bowl

Small bowl

Culture Group: Chupícuaro , Mexico
Culture: Chupícuaro, Mexico
Date: 300–100 BCE
Medium: Ceramic with red, black, and white slip paints
Dimensions:
2 3/4 x 4 3/16 inches (7 x 10.7 cm)
Classification: Decorative Art
Credit Line: The Paul A. and Virginia Clifford Collection
Label Text:Geometric patterns, used as early as 9,000 years ago in basketry and textiles, were prominent also in the first ceramics, dating to the second millennium BCE. Their continued use likely stems from their sacred nature. Religious leaders, or shamans, communicated with spirits through trance, inducing visions of geometric patterns and bright colors that found their way into baskets, textiles, and ceramics. This small Central Mexican vessel is both geometric and bright with its shiny red surface with white highlights, further emphasized by black outlining. Other aspects of the design, such as a scalloped rim could refer to the woven edge of a basket.
Object number: 1973.1.72
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