Property from an American Private Collection
OLMEC SPOUTED DISH, LAS BOCAS EARLY PRECLASSIC, CIRCA 1200-900 BC
Length: 13 ¼ in (33.6 cm)
Generally good condition. Breaks with cosmetic overpainting of cracks in 3-4 areas. The top rim with some overpainting and restoration visible. With an 'Edward H. Merrin Gallery' label on the underside.
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Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York
Jay C. Leff Collection, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, acquired prior to 1965
Sotheby's, New York, October 10 and 11, 1975, lot 327, consigned by the above
Merrin Gallery, New York
American Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1995
Michael D. Coe, The Jaguar's Children: Preclassic Central Mexico, New York, 1965, fig. 49
Elizabeth Kennedy Easby, Ancient Art of Latin America from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, New York, 1966, cat. no. 70
Franz Feuchtwanger, Ceramica Olmeca, Mexico City, 1989, fig. 140
The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, The Jaguar's Children: Preclassic Central Mexico, February 5-May 17, 1965
The Brooklyn Museum, Ancient Art of Latin America from the Collection of Jay C. Leff, November 22 1966- March 5, 1967
Elegantly shaped creamware vessels are highlights of the Olmec tradition as found in Las Bocas and Tlatilco ceramics. The spouted vessel type is particular to Central Mexico and is not seen on ceramics from the Gulf Coast. This large shallow bowl, formerly in the Jay C. Leff collection, shows remains of red pigment which underscores its ritual usage. For a close example, see Berrin and Fields, eds., Olmec, Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, San Francisco, 2010, pl. 124.