Spouted Vessel

Spouted Vessel

A.D. 1200-1500
Culture
Tarascan
Locale
Michoacán
Country
Mexico
vessel
Earthenware with colored slips
Department acquisition funds
1970.310
. Spouted Vessel . A.D. 1200-1500. Earthenware with colored slips. Department acquisition funds. 1970.310.
Dimensions
height: 9.25 in, 23.4950 cm; width: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Spouted Vessel
Tarascan
About A.D. 1200–1500
Mexico, Michoacán
Earthenware with colored slips
Department acquisition funds, 1970.310

The Tarascan people of Michoacan were politically united under the authority of a king whose capital was the city of Tzintzuntzan, near Lake Pátzcuaro.   The Tarascan kings also served as effective war leaders, successfully resisting Aztec assaults and maintaining their people’s independence until the Spanish conquest.  

Tzintzuntzan’s most impressive architectural monument is a huge, stone faced platform topped by five stepped pyramids called yákatas.  Tombs with rich offerings interred in the yákatas probably held the remains of Tarascan kings or nobles.  Tarascan craftsmen produced sophisticated tools and ornaments in obsidian, gold, copper, shell, and turquoise.  They also manufactured highly distinctive ceramic forms with painted and smoke-decorated surfaces.   The “teapot” form, used for serving liquids, is unique to the Tarascan region.