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Gourd-Shaped Bowl
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Gourd-Shaped Bowl


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Description The shape of this vessel makes reference to the gourd which was, and remains today, the primary food-service and drinking container among the Maya and other Mesoamerican peoples. The carved bowl is particularly reminiscent of a gourd in both its shape and decoration. The carving of gourds was the primary mode for embellishing these natural vessels, although painted stucco also was a known technique. The bowl's imagery features a saurian head with large eye curl and supra-orbital plate.
Exhibitions
  • 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.
Provenance J. Guy Puerto [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, 1961, by purchase; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2017.
Credit Bequest of John G. Bourne, 2017

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Period
450-650 CE (Middle Classic)
Medium
earthenware, burnished slip, with incising
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
2009.20.274
Measurements
H: 4 1/2 x Diam: 5 5/16 in. (11.43 x 13.46 cm)
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