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Carved Bowl

Carved Bowl

1200–300 BC

Stone (travertine)

Overall: 13.3 x 23.5 x 10.2 cm (5 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2013.29

Did you know?

Travertine is a type of limestone deposit commonly found in caves and hot springs.


Containers made of translucent white travertine, known among the later Aztecs as tecali, are rare in Olmec artistic production. The shape of this elegant example, its rim pinched inward at the center, may refer to a squash. The meaning of the deeply carved abstract motifs, which retain traces of red pigment, is unknown. The bowl is said to have been found in a burial cache that included an Olmec figurine, a hematite mirror, and jade ornaments in Guerrero, Mexico.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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