Orange and Cream Bowl
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
Characterized by contrasting colors of orange, cream, and brown, this Cerro Montoso–style bowl reflects the importance of fine pottery in Totonac culture. The artist built on previous ceramic techniques to create a light, thin-walled vessel. The stylized yet naturalistic images of lobsters and water birds, most likely herons, allude to the importance of marine resources for human sustenance on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. The delicately incised lines on the animals accentuate their eyes, heads, and bodies.
4 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (10.2 x 15.6 x 15.6 cm) (show scale)
Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden
Globular bowl with a rounded base and very thin walls that are covered with white and orange slip and decorated on the outside with brown painted lobsters and water birds. Thin incised lines accentuate the animal designs. Possibly Cerro Montoso style (900-1200).
Totonac. Orange and Cream Bowl, ca. 900-1200. Ceramic, 4 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (10.2 x 15.6 x 15.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.116.18. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.116.18_transpc002.jpg)
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