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Zacatecas Painted Terracotta Bowl - PF.4658
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high x 6.25" (15.9cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

$1,800.00
Location: United States
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The artists of Ancient Mexico, particularly certain regions such as Nayarit, are famous for creating very imaginative and often whimsical ceramic objects. In ancient times most designs usually have a symbolic meaning related to religious practices. And yet, the inventiveness of an artist can shine through like a ray of light. This attractive bowl has that aspect of an artist's personal touch and creative flair. The lower portion is composed of eighteen broad black bands, which are wide at the top and taper to a point at the bottom. Each band is crowned by a wavy line, which is then repeated in six continuous lines around the middle section. This is reminiscent of waves or perhaps an abstract depiction of wind. On the top portion at the rim are a series of what appears to be faces with large bulging eyes and short slashes to depict smiling mouths. There is pure delight in these faces, very modern in the way of cartoons, and very expressive. Perhaps this bowl was intended for a child's use, which makes it even more appealing. In any case, its charm is undiminished and its appeal just as alive as it was when first made so long ago. - (PF.4658)

 

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