Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pedestal Bowl

6th–8th century
H. 7 × Diam. 10 1/4 in. (17.8 × 26 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Nathan Cummings, 1963
Accession Number:
Not on view
This flared bowl, called florero, has an empty pedestal base filled with small ceramic pellets that rattle when the vessel is shaken. Moche flared bowls were produced from the fourth century A.D. They became taller over time, with smaller bases and wider, more everted rims. Complex decoration is almost invariably painted inside the rim, while the exterior of the vessel shows simpler designs. This flared bowl is decorated with a net motif on the exterior and with interlocking zigzag lines with triangles on the interior. The geometric decoration, as well as the notched rim with step patterns, indicate that it was produced during the Late Moche period (600–800). Similar vessels were found at the site of Galindo, on the north coast of Peru, occupied by Moche people from the sixth century A.D.
Bruno J. Wassermann-San Blas Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina, acquired by 1938, until 1954; Nathan Cummings, Chicago, 1954–1963

Wassermann-San Blás, Bruno John. Céramicas del antiguo Perú de la colección Wassermann-San Blás. Buenos Aires: Bruno John Wassermann-San Blás, 1938, no. 144, p. 84.

Sawyer, Alan Reed. Ancient Peruvian Ceramics: The Nathan Cummings Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966.

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