Description This bowl seems to show a model of the cosmos for the indigenous peoples of Colombia, with four directions and a center clearly delineated. The use of contrasting red and tan colors may have a particular significance which is not well-understood. 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.
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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