Chupicuaro / Figure Vessel / 3rd?1st century B.C.Chupicuaro
Figure Vessel
3rd?1st century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Chupicuaroan
Creator Name-CRT: Chupicuaro
Title: Figure 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. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Description: The bold geometric patterns in red, black, and white are characteristic of works in Chupicuaro style. Known from a region in the western state of Guanajuato that was flooded when a large dam was built in the late 1940s, Chupicuaro ceramic figures merge human and vessel forms in a manner well illustrated here. The figure's arms appear winglike?no fingers are indicated?and they may have functioned as handles. The feet have been stretched out to form the base of the entire vessel. The striking step-fret pattern is continuous on the figure's chest and back. While such renditions are traditionally interpreted as textiles, they cover Chupicuaro figures so completely that body paint may be represented.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1979.206.606
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_.1979.206.606
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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