On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723

These two jars, which were probably used to store water, are decorated with lively scenes centered on the public fountains that provided water for daily use. Subjects include popular types like the water carrier, burdened by his characteristic chochocol, a large earthenware jar used to deliver water. In another scene, a bloody brawl between two water carriers has broken out. The treatment of these subjects belongs to the literary and pictorial tradition of "costumbrismo," which highlights the customs, occupations, and dress of a particular place.

Jar, Tin-glazed earthenware, Mexican

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