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Pre-Columbian Chupícuaro

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Seller: alacena-antiguedades (6) 100%, Location: Vero Beach, Florida, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 152314252107 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A classic Chupícuaro vessel. The unusual shape, the rich red slip inside and out and of course the decoration all identifies its culture of origin. The ceramic style is named after the village of Chupícuaro in the western Mexican state of Guanajuato. Located in the Guanajuato valley surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato and situated on the Lerma River the culture was active from about 500 BCE to 250 CE. Luckily excavations of the site were conducted in 1946-7 revealing much of what we know today. In 1949 the Solís Dam was constructed. This led to the flooding of the area which today remains under a lake formed by this act. The Chupícuaro site is gone forever. Chupícuaro ceramics were formed without the use of a potting wheel making the quality of the craftsmanship all the more remarkable. As observed by Richard E. W. Adams in his book Prehistoric Mesoamerica, “There is no doubt that Chupícuaro represents an exuberant ceramic tradition in full flower.” Dimensions: The inside of the mouth is 5” across. The vessel is 8” at the widest and 5 ¾” high. The walls are ½” thick. Condition: The unfortunate probe hole in the bottom, made by the discoverer’s probe, mars the beauty but lends authenticity to this lovely piece. There are two additional holes in the bottom where incomplete fragments were reattached. Two separate cracks emanate from this area of damage and end at the mouth. There is some paint loss and a few minor chips on the inside of the rim. Provenance - This artifact was obtained from the estate of the late Willis Pratt, a career academic at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Pratt owned a residence in Guanajuato and frequently visited Central Mexico between the mid 1930’s and mid 1960’s. During this period he amassed a fine collection of many Pre-Columbian artifacts which he kept and displayed in his home in Austin. This item has been kept in storage for at least the past twenty five years. Guaranteed authentic.

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