Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Flat Stamp, 8th–12th century
    Ecuador; Manteño
    Ceramic; H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
    Gift of Timothy, Peter, and Jonathan Zorach, 1991 (1991.436.4)

    Ceramic stamps, both cylindrical and flat, are thought to have been used to decorate textiles and/or the human body. They were made by many Ecuadorian peoples from the beginning of the first millennium B.C. until about 700 A.D., when patterns on textiles began to be woven into the fabric structure rather than stamped on to it. The stamps are carved into a wide range of motifs, from animal, human, and floral to imaginative geometric and abstract designs. This flat stamp, in an almost cubist approach to the form, depicts a bird with an angular step-fret design behind its head. The head, crest, and long beak are shown in profile while the body with partially spread wings and tail is shown from the back and one foot is seen from above. The stamp has a small handle in back.

    Related

    Index Terms

    Art Movement/Style

    Material and Technique

    Object

    Subject Matter/Theme


    On view: Gallery 357
    Move Separator Print
    Close
  • Flat Stamp, 8th–12th century
    Ecuador; Manteño
    Ceramic; H. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
    Gift of Timothy, Peter, and Jonathan Zorach, 1991 (1991.436.4)

    Move
    Close