Certain elements of the vessels’ imagery are uncharacteristic of Teotihuacan art, especially the figures’ headdresses and the large motifs separating the figures, so we looked more closely at them. Technical analysis indicates both vessels are similarly constructed and are in excellent condition. The imagery was incised into the surface after the slip paint was applied and before the vessels were fired. After firing, a red, iron-based paint was rubbed into the surface to highlight the incised decoration. The similarity in slip and pigment analyses indicates that the two vessels were certainly made at the same time and place but cannot establish the date of manufacture.
- Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.