Feline Bottle

Feline Bottle

1200-100 B.C.
Ecuador, south-central coast
bottle, spout
Earthenware with colored slips and resist decoration
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner
. Feline Bottle . 1200-100 B.C.. Earthenware with colored slips and resist decoration. Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner. 1992.54.
This object is currently on view
height: 9.25 in, 23.4950 cm; width: 10.25 in, 26.0350 cm; depth: 4.75 in, 12.0650 cm
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Art of the Ancient Americas

Feline Bottle
About 1200–100 B.C.
Ecuador, south-central coast
Earthenware with colored slips and resist decoration
Bequest of Robert J. Stroessner, 1992.54

Chorrera ceramics are characterized by thin walls, elegant forms, and smoothly polished surfaces.  This example, in the form of a feline, was painted with red and tan slips, and burnished before firing.  Later, patterns were painted on the tan areas with a resist material, and the vessel was held over a smoky fire.  The areas unprotected by the resist material were darkened by the smoke.  

The animal portrayed by this vessel is probably a supernatural being of some sort.  It wears a beaded necklace with a flat pendant, a mask, and a headdress.  The curvilinear patterns on the pelt may represent fish or serpents.

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