Bowl with Humans and Birds

Bowl with Humans and Birds

c. 1250-1550

Earthenware with colored slips

Diameter: 11.5 x 19.5 cm (4 1/2 x 7 11/16 in.); Overall: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1995.42

Description

In the Nariño region of southwestern Colombia, the dead were buried in shaft tombs, the most elaborate up to sixty feet deep and furnished with offerings such as these bowls. Colombian ceramics are not much studied and little can be said about their imagery, which reveals a keen interest in geometric abstraction. Depicted here are a row of figures with thatch-roofed huts, humans attacked by birds, and
spiders.

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