About this artwork
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.
- Bowl Depicting a Female Figure with Shield and Darts Motifs
- Valley of Mexico
- 300 CE–600 CE
- Ceramic, plaster, and pigment
- Diam. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
- African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund