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Zacatecas Painted Terracotta Bowl - PF.2769
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 2.25" (5.7cm) high x 12" (30.5cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This bowl from the Mexican state of Zacatecas is a beautiful example of the intricate textile-like patterns common to the region. The polished surface of this bowl took days of burnishing to achieve the soft, silky surface, which made it acceptable for eating. Turning the bowl over we are taken by the detailed floral pattern juxtaposed against the chevron zigzag encircling the piece. The bowl still retains much of its richness of color. Was this piece used for the nobility to dine form or for part of a shamanistic ritual? The possibilities excite the imagination. - (PF.2769)


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