Seller: alacena-antiguedades (6) 100%, Location: Vero Beach, Florida, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 152337129415 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A charming, Chupícuaro bichrome pedestal bowl. Decorated in the trademark rich red slip with subtle buff accents on the rim, this burnished terracotta bowl is a thoughtful and endearing artifact. 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 250 CE. Luckily 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. Chupícuaro ceramics were formed without the use of a potting wheel making the quality of the craftsmanship all the more remarkable. As observed by Richard E. W. Adams in his book Prehistoric Mesoamerica, “There is no doubt that Chupícuaro represents an exuberant ceramic tradition in full flower.” Dimensions: 6” wide, 3 1/4” high. Condition: Two fragments were rather expertly reattached, presumably by the discoverer, maintaining the integrity and beauty of this piece. There is a small chip on the bottom of the base and characteristic root marks and mineral deposits are evident. Provenance - This artifact 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 Central Mexico between the mid 1930’s and mid 1960’s. During this period he amassed a fine collection of many Pre-Columbian artifacts which he kept and displayed in his home in Austin. This item has been kept in storage for at least the past twenty five years. Guaranteed authentic.