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 Ritual Figure and Flaming Torches
- Valley of Mexico
- 300 AD–600 AD
- Ceramic, plaster, and pigment
- Diam. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
- African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund