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Footed Bowl

Artist/Maker: Gran Coclé (Panama)

Date: ca. 850-1000
Medium: pottery and slip paint
Overall: 6 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (16.5 x 29.2 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Object number: 93.0043.01
DescriptionThis Gran Coclé bowl is from the ceramic style known as Macaracas. The use of purple coloring, which arose from the preceding Cubita style, along with black and brick red over distinctive light or white backgrounds is typical of this style. The slip color is somewhat grayish, while the red is a deeper color, a specific coloration that may reflect local pigment and clay sources. The designs of the Macaracas style tend to be separated into panels and zigzag elements, as can be seen in the four-paneled decoration of this bowl and the lines that cover it. This example depicts a crocodile-like animal in the form of a snake. The snake is a very common motif and is often considered a sacred animal due to its association with creation mythology.
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