Credit LineGift of Frederick and Jan Mayer
Unknown artist, Camay region, northwestern Venezuela. Ring-Base Vessel, 300–1000 CE. Slip-painted ceramic, 7 ⅞ x 11 ¼ inches. Denver Art Museum Collection: Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2005.95.1.
Dimensionsheight: 7.8740 in, 20.00 cm; diameter: 11.2205 in, 28.50 cm; height: 5.1969 in, 13.20 cm; diameter: 8.3858 in, 21.30 cm
DepartmentMayer Center, Arts of the Ancient Americas
CollectionArts of the Ancient Americas
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Ring-base Vessel Camay style About A.D. 300–1000 Northwestern Venezuela Earthenware with colored slips Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2005.95.1 Camay ceramics are highly sculptural, with graceful, curvaceous forms, and painted decoration that seems to swirl and flow over the surface. Archaeological information on the people who produced Camay ceramics is quite limited. However, it is known that they practiced secondary burial, and placed the bones of the dead in large jars. Ring-base bowls were sometimes inverted, and used as covers for such urns. The distinctive ring-based bowl form is also found in pre-Columbian ceramic traditions from Brazil, Panama, and Costa Rica.