Heart Bowl

Veracruz

Mexican

Heart Bowl, 600 - 900

  • On View

Earthenware

Dimensions: 7 1/2 × 12 1/2 in. (19.1 × 31.8 cm)

Gift of Robert Drapkin, 2006.89

Veracruz refers to the central Gulf Coast of Mexico and has served as a stylistic designation for all art emanating from the region. This bowl was created during the Late Classic period (ca. 600-900) when Veracruz ceramics were at their most expressive. Here a man’s torso is transformed into a large bowl while his arms reach forward, one holding on to what appears to be a human heart. His animated face is typical of sculpture from this region.

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