Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Mixtec people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A gorgeously preserved ceramic tripod bowl, with three thin legs of stepped form, resembling the steps of an altar or pyramid, and a shallow basin with a raised, flat rim. Painted inside the bowl is a large, pretty flower above a pattern of dots that represents the sea. Dots also surround the flower, forming a border at the edge of the rim. Orange is the primary color of the bowl, with red and chocolate brown used to make the motifs. A trio of Mexica deities - Xochipilli, Macuilxochitl and Xochiquetzal - were associated with flowers. These gods were patrons of beauty, pleasure and the arts. Size: 9.25" W x 3.05" H (23.5 cm x 7.7 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Ulrich Hoffmann collection, Germany
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Intact with well preserved pigment. Light deposits on surface and nice root marks on underside.