Valley of Mexico, Mexico D.F.
CE 200-750
Lustrous ware ceramic with molded and incised details; burnished
5 1/8 "H x 5 1/8"W
In very fine condition; two sections along one side down from the rim have been cleanly broken and simply glued back into place. Otherwise, intact and with excellent mineral deposits and manganese dioxide blooms present
Provenance: private collection, CA, circa 1970's

This rare type of ceramic actually has its origins in the Veracruz region along the Gulf Coast. It is found at Teotihuacan proper as early as Tlamimilolpa period (CE 200) and is notable for its finely burnished orange, tan and cream colors, as can be seen on this very fine and delicate example. The incised design recalls earlier Olmec forms seen on pottery during the formative period.

Teotihuacan incised tripod vase