Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. A rare example of a kidney-shaped bowl, made from red clay with a white slip over its surface. Around its upper exterior is a thin, incised border. The Olmec are the ancestors of all Mesoamerican civilizations, and their artistic style, practiced in the tropical lowlands of south central Mexico and diffused outward through extensive trade networks that stretched into northern Mexico and central America, were inspirational for those who came after. The Olmec style became synonymous with elite status in the highlands. Size: 3.95" L x 6.45" W x 2.55" H (10 cm x 16.4 cm x 6.5 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; Platt -Friedenberg Collection; exhibited at the Virginia Art Museum, published in the catalogue
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