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Gourd-Shaped Bowl
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Gourd-Shaped Bowl


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Description On the swelling organic form of a gourd, the artist incised curved forms that give the viewer an impression of a monstrous animal. While very abstracted, the design is the head of a crocodilian creature. The stylized and simplified decoration recalls not only hieroglyphs but also the woven patterns of Maya blouses, which serve to identify their wearers’ towns of origin even to the present day.
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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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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