Monte Alb n / Spouted Vessel / 3rd?1st century B.C.Monte Alb n
Spouted Vessel
3rd?1st century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican
Creator Name-CRT: Monte Alb n
Title: Spouted Vessel
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 3rd?1st century B.C.
Creation Place: Mexico
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Description: During the late first millennium B .C., fine grayware ceramics associated with the hilltop site of Monte Albán and its neighbors in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca have their most significant manifestation in the vessel form known as a bridge-and-spout (or bridge-spout). The bodies of such vessels were elaborated on the front opposite the spout with raised images of what appear to be the deities venerated in the region. In this example, for instance, head, arms, and legs were worked in relief on the surface, transforming the body of the vessel into the body of the figure. The high-relief head, with its wrinkled face and extended lips, may relate to the deities known later in Mexico as the "old god," Huehuetotl, and Ehecatl, the "wind god."
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1979.206.947
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.206.947
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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