Seller: sf-fineart (2,897) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, Item: 380060132342 Original or Reproduction: Original, Details: RARE Pre-Columbian CHUPICUARO FACE BOWL, circa 300 B.C. This is a superb Pre-Columbian CHUPICUARO FACE BOWL, circa 300 B.C. - 250 A.D. The ceramic style is named after the village of Chupícuaro in the western Mexican state of Guanajuato where it was found. Situated on the Lerma River the culture was active from about 300 BC to AD 250, during the same time Teotihuacán flourished. 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. The mastery of this hand-building skill is seen in the symmetry and form of the vessel. Many whole examples of this style of pottery remain intact due to the thickness of the vessel walls. This bowl is hand painted with the colors that were taken from natural elements and exhibits a stylized human face on one side. The textile-like geometric designs are typical of Chupícuaro pottery and are also found painted onto human figurines that were also abundantly made. The significance of the designs is unknown. This rare face bowl measures 4" high, 10 ½" wide and is in good condition aside from two 1" stress cracks at the upper edge and some natural abrasion and wear due to age and use. PROVENANCE: This item comes directly from the estate of a Beverly Hills Pre-Columbian art collector and was legally imported into the United States over 50 years ago. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. Please scroll down on the item description to view additional photographs. Winning bidder please add $25.00 packing & shipping within the US. Payment is due within 4 days. Please view my other auctions and eBay store for additional museum quality fine art and collectibles, including other fine Pre-Columbian items from this estate. Payment I accept the following forms of payment: PayPal FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today!