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Large Jalisco Pottery Bowl with Colima Heads on Side.  Pre-Columbian.  200 B.C. to 300 A.D.  West Coast Mexico.

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For a time the Jalisco culture was known for its shaft tombs . .  . a mortuary practice that existed in the Western Mexican Jalisco region from around 300 BC to 300 AD.

 

Shaft tombs were characterized by vertical shafts dug deep (10 to 50 feet) and then opening into a horizontal chamber . . .  sometimes as large as 144 square feet.  Inside would commonly be the reesotericstuff.coms of an entire family (over generations)  and – of course – grave goods such as personal family items, statues and pottery.

 

Even though this bowl was authenticated by a reputable appraisal group, I am not confident this particular piece was a piece from a shaft tomb.  But it is undeniably a  high quality Jalisco ceramic art.

 

One thing that makes this  bowl “rare” is the Colima faces that surround the edges of the bowl.  Such faces are usually found in redware pottery from the same time period but from the Colima region of Western Mexico.

 

This is a museum quality piece that was authenticated by I.M. Chait, Beverly Hills California USA.  Some minor repairs but no missing pieces.

 

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