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The patterns on this vessel evoke animal or snake skins. An artist used a resist method, applying resin or wax to block later applications of colors. By removing the resin, he revealed the lighter-colored patterns.

The Piartal culture flourished in the mountainous region on the Colombia-Ecuador border for 500 years. They used vessels of this type in secondary burials—the practice of reburying the bones of the dead with jewelry and other valuables.

  • 21 3/4 x 10 in. Diam. (55.2 x 25.4 cm)
  • Gift of T. Randolph Gray
  • 1969.159