Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, Tzintzuntzan, Tarascan people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. An elegant bi-chrome pottery teapot created by the ancients of Tzintzuntzan. This teapot vessel has a squat rounded body, a long, flared spout, and a high bridge handle. In addition to this lovely form, the vessel is beautifully decorated with curvilinear, striated, and 'beaded' bands as well as organic and geometric motifs - all in a striking red and white color palette. A very special vessel, because in the Pre-Columbian world, the teapot form was unique to the Tarascan region. Size: 7.125" W x 8.4" H (18.1 cm x 21.3 cm)
In addition to creating such distinctive ceramic wares with painted as well as smoke decorated finishes, Tarascan artisans created impressive ornaments and tools out of gold, copper, obsidian, turquoise, and shell. In addition, Tzintzuntzan created an impressive architectural monument comprised of a stone faced platform with five stepped pyramids known as yakatas on top. Offerings were likely interred with the Tarascan royalty and elite in these yakatas. The Tarascan people were led by a king whose capital was in Tzintzuntzan near Lake Patzcuaro. Successful leaders during wartime, the Tarascan kings were able to combat the Aztecs and maintain independence until the Spanish conquest.
Provenance: private New York, USA collector from 1966
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Repair and restoration to base and midsection of spout and both sides of handle, with nearly invisible resurfacing and overpainting along new material and break lines. Minor abrasions to base and body, with light fading to areas of original pigment. Great remains of original pigment and decorative motifs throughout.