Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Aztec Empire, ca. 1400 to 1521 CE. A charming ceramic vessel, roughly goblet-shaped, with a deep cup that gently widens as it rises, and a flared, hollow, disc-shaped foot. Projecting from the sides just below the unpronounced rim are two handles in the form of the head and tail feathers of a turkey. The vessel is a rich, earthy red color, with a pale, cream-colored slip creating geometric details around the upper body and on the animal features. The Aztecs, like many groups in the Mesoamerican world, kept domesticated wild turkeys. The animals also played a role in Aztec cosmology, with Chalchiuhtotolin, the "Jeweled Turkey," as the god of disease and plague, a symbol of powerful sorcery. Size: 7.4" W x 4.25" H (18.8 cm x 10.8 cm)
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private DRS collection, New York, USA
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