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Pre-Columbian Chupícuaro

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Seller: alacena-antiguedades (6) 100%, Location: Vero Beach, Florida, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 152314250685 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A burnished terracotta, Chupícuaro blackware, tripod, grater bowl with uniform incised markings decorating the inside of the everted rim. It is supported by three nubbin feet and has a precise, geometric, grater pattern lining the bottom. The overall configuration of the bowl is not typically Chupicuaro; it may be a tradeware from early Teotihuacan or a local manufacture exhibiting early Teotihuacan influence. Dimensions: 5 ½” wide, 2 1/8” high. Condition: I have to assume that the crack bisecting this bowl is a compression fracture. There is no evidence of adhesive, not repaired, it is still surprisingly intact. There are two other smaller fractures that are only visible on the exterior and are not through the bowl. There is one chip on the exterior of the rim and some eternal pigment flaking.The ceramic style is named after the village of Chupícuaro in the western Mexican state of Guanajuato. Located in the Guanajuato valley surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato and situated on the Lerma River the culture was active from about 500 BCE to 300 CE. Fortunately excavations of the site were conducted in 1946-7 revealing much of what we know today. In 1949 the Solís Dam was constructed. This led to the flooding of the area which today remains under a lake formed by this act. The Chupícuaro site is gone forever. Chupícuaro ceramics, formed without a potting wheel, elevate objects intended for daily use into highly sophisticated artistic achievements. Provenance - This item was obtained from the estate of the late Willis Pratt, a career academic at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Pratt owned a residence in Guanajuato and frequently visited Western and Central Mexico between the mid 1930’s and mid 1960’s. During that time he amassed a fine collection of many Pre-Columbian artifacts which he kept and displayed in his home in Austin. Guaranteed authentic.

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