Seller: alacena-antiguedades (6) 100%, Location: Vero Beach, Florida, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 152326535635 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A fine example of Chupícuaro blackware, what is considered the culture’s origin of ceramics mastery. With a gently sloping bottom yet perfectly balanced this vessel would be a welcome addition to any collection. The bowl is round but extends outward just below the mouth where you will find a series of raised, uniform and evenly spaced ridges or flutes covering the surface of the circumference. The mouth has two opposing thumb hold indentations. The interior is smooth and undecorated. 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. 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 displayed in this piece 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.” Condition: There are three minor abrasion chips on one side of the rim. Root marks and mineral deposits as to be expected. Dimensions: The mouth is 7 ¼” wide and the bowl is 9 ½” at the widest. 4 ¾” high. Provenance - 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. Guaranteed authentic.