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Bowl Depicting a Female Figure with Shield and Darts Motifs

A work made of ceramic, plaster, and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic, plaster, and pigment.


300–600 CE


Teotihuacan, Mexico

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Teotihuacan ceramic vessels were often fired and coated with a fine plaster that was then painted with figures and symbolic elements. This technique was derived from methods employed by mural painters, who covered masonry walls with fine plaster to serve as the ground for large-scale frescoes. The flaming torch may well allude to the ceremony of New Fire, kindled at New Year’s festivals and every 52 years at the inauguration of a new “century” in the native calendar system.


On View, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas




Bowl Depicting a Female Figure with Shield and Darts Motifs


Valley of Mexico (Object made in)

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300 CE–600 CE


Ceramic, plaster, and pigment


Diam.: 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)

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African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

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