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Bottle

Date:
12th–9th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica, Puebla
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Ceramic, pigment
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 x Diam. 5 1/8 in. (19.7 x 13 cm) )
Classification:
Ceramics-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1963
Accession Number:
1978.412.104
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
This blackware vessel has a spherical body and long, cylindrical neck with a flaring rim. It contains an abstract horizotal design wrapped around its body, created as the artist lightly gouged the surface to create a rougher texture. The design, highlighted by red pigment rubbed into the rough surface, stands in stark contrast to the semi-glossy finish on the majority of the bottle.
[Everett Rassiga, New York, until 1963]; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1963–1978

Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, 559.



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