Description Most Salinar pottery was fired in kilns that allowed in abundant oxygen, creating orange colored ceramics rather than the dark brown and black ceramics common prior to this period. Many Salinar ceramics have thick ribbons of clay used to create handles on the side of the vessel, rather than thicker stirrup spouts at the top that are prevalent prior to this time period. In this case, the handle intersects with a funnel-shaped “hat” worn by the figure depicted on this vessel, a hat that is actually the spout of the bottle. Bottles like this were made for the storage and serving of corn beer, known as “chicha.”
Provenance The Merrin Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, 1992, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009
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