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Duck-Head Vessel

Date:
12th–9th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 x D. 4 1/4 in. (6.4 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Containers
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.244.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
This black vessel is in the form of an upward-facing duck with the opening of the bill functioning as the opening of the vessel. The incised details contain red pigment. Ducks in Mesoamerican art often represent creatures associated with wind, as well as serving as special creatures who operated in air, on earth, and underwater.
Albert J. and Monique Grant, New York, acquired 1960s; Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, until 2014

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