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Footed Dish with Animal Motifs
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Footed Dish with Animal Motifs

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Description This bowl shows three deer without antlers (presumably does) contrasted with a single buck with antlers, all shown on a dotted background. The placing of these motifs into a four-part background may reflect an understanding of the world and its cardinal directions as well. Dishes on short, ring-shaped bases were common in the Nariño region straddling the border between Ecuador and Colombia. They were carefully shaped, burnished (carefully polished with a stone), and painted with different colors of slip, a thinned out clay. Many of the Nariño vessels show highly abstracted patterns, like this one.
  • 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 Economos Works of Art [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, 1990s, by purchase; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2017.
Credit Bequest of John G. Bourne, 2017

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AD 900-1500 (Late Period)
earthenware, slip paint
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H: 3 3/4 x Diam: 7 3/8 in. (9.53 x 18.8 cm)
  • Ecuador (Place of Origin)
  • Colombia (Place of Origin)
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