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Lot 0110C
Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Eastern Nahua, Atlixco City, Aztec, Coatlalpanec style, ca. 1470 to 1521 CE. A fantastic "plumbate" pottery jar, a distinctive style of pottery from the late Classic to early Postclassic Mesoamerica. This highly-burnished vessel exhibits a Coatlalpanec style red-and-black coloration with a flat base, a rotund body with a raised bulb on either side, a rolling shoulder leading to a wide neck, an angled pouring spout, and an applied strap handle joining shoulder to rim. Plumbate pottery has a uniquely shiny - sometimes even iridescent - glaze that has been fired at very high temperatures, and the style spread throughout Mesoamerica and Central America and fascinated archaeologists, explorers, and collectors alike. While plumbate pieces are typically grey in color, this vessel exhibits hues of russet, black, and other earth tones due to the specific mineral contents in the formative clay. Size: 7.25" W x 9.375" H (18.4 cm x 23.8 cm).

Provenance: ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-Bonhams, New York "African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art" Auction, November 12, 2014, part of lot 124; ex-Scott & Stuart Gentling collection, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, acquired prior to 1980; ex-Peter G. Wray collection, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, acquired 1970s, inv. # 907-W; ex-Dr. David Harner collection, acquired 1960s or earlier

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Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age as expected, with very minor nicks to handle, spout, body, and base, and light fading to pigmentation, otherwise intact and near-choice. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas. Nice mineral deposits and glaze remains throughout. Three old inventory stickers on base.

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Near-Choice Aztec Pottery Pitcher, ex-Bonhams

Estimate $1,200 - $1,700Jul 19, 2018