Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Spouted Bottle

Date:
12th–4th century B.C.
Geography:
Ecuador
Culture:
Chorrera
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H x Diam.: 6 x 6 in. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Containers
Credit Line:
Gift of Peggy and Tessim Zorach, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.117.6
Not on view
This bottle in the form of a squash is typical of Chorrera ceramics in its minimalist, idealized depiction of the vegetable. Produced in southwestern Ecuador during much of the first millennium B.C., Chorrera ceramics reached a high level of technical mastery. Thin-walled construction and burnished surfaces were characteristic of these ceramics, as were simple, elegant shapes. Forms taken from the flora and fauna of the natural world often appear on Chorrera bottles, for instance, where the defining characteristics are meaningfully emphasized. The vertical ridges of the squash depicted here have been rendered clearly, thereby making the body of the vessel a collection of abstract ridges and curves. The burnished surface of the bottle, achieved by polishing with a rock or shell before firing, shines and is reminiscent of the skin of a squash.
Margaret and Tessim Zorach, New York, until 1988

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