Cylinder vase

Colima
Late Preclassic period
200 B.C.–A.D. 300


Object Place: Colima, México

Dimensions

Overall: 16 x 12.3 cm (6 5/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.738

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Cylinder vase with burnished surface. Light, horizontal incised lines on the vase’s interior and the exterior rim suggest the use of a turntable to rotate the vase during the final stages of surface preparation. This type of non-motorized potter’s wheel is used today by indigenous pottery-makers in Oaxaca and Yucatán, México. This vase may be evidence for the ancient origins of such a tool and its use in West México.

Provenance

Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers