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Bird Jar

Date:
12th–9th century B.C.
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica
Culture:
Olmec
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Containers
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.244.10
Not on view
This small vessel is in the form of a bird, probably a sea bird, its long beak resting on its chest. Its wings, bearing incised geometric designs, are folded on the sides of its body. On its chest is a trapezoidal, bib-like ornament decorated with incised cross-hatching. The bird is anthropomorphized with round, staring eyes under prominent eyebrows and ears projecting from the sides of the head. On the front and sides of the forehead are appliqued circular incised elements. The surface is burnished except for the decorated areas which are roughened.
Albert J. and Monique Grant, New York, acquired 1960s; Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, until 2014

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