Spouted Jar. A.D. 900-1600. Earthenware with colored slips. 1985 Christmas Fund purchase. 1986.102.
height: 12.25 in, 31.1150 cm; width: 10 in, 25.4000 cm
Mayer Center, Arts of the Ancient Americas
Arts of the Ancient Americas
Colombia, Eastern Cordillera
Earthenware with colored slips
1985 Christmas Fund purchase, 1986.102
The Muisca, who inhabited Colombia’s central plateau region, near modern-day Bogotá, are best known for their gold work. Many lost-wax cast gold figurines were made as votive offerings, to be placed in shrines or sacred locations such as caves or springs. Such figurines are usually flat, with limbs, clothing, and accessories rendered by fine strands of gold. Muisca ceramic jars with round bodies, strap handles, and cylindrical spouts are known as múcuras. The spout may be modeled as a human figure or head, with brown painted decoration that extends to the vessel’s shoulder. The face on this jar is delicately modeled, with a high, narrow nose, and slit eyes and mouth. Three small modeled creatures (fish, or crustaceans?) appear on the jar’s shoulders and neck.
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