water jar

water jar

16th century
Artist
unknown artist
Locale
Darin Porto Bello
Country
Panama
Object
olla
Medium
Earthenware, clay slip paint
Accession Number
2001.897
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis

Unknown artist, Water Jar, 1500s. Earthenware and clay slip paint; 18 × 21½ in. dia. Gift of Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis, 2001.897.

Dimensions
height: 18 in, 45.7200 cm; diameter: 21.5 in, 54.6100 cm
Inscription
Oval sticker on one side, numbers unclear.
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art
This object is currently on view

Earthenware ceramics were produced both before and during the colonial period in most areas of Latin America, including Panama. This large redware vessel for storing water or grain was made during the early colonial period in the same technique of manufacture used before the arrival of Europeans. It illustrates the continuation of pre-Columbian art forms during the colonial period combined with floral decorative motifs derived from European art.
     This large redware vessel for storing water or grain was made during the early colonial period in the same technique of manufacture used by the Indians of Panama before the conquest.  It illustrates the continuation of PreColumbian art forms during the colonial period but also incorporates floral decorative motifs derived from European art.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 31 December 2001 by Dr. M. Larry and Nancy B. Ottis to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.