Collection Online
11.0 × 18.5 × 17.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Oaxaca, Mexico
Accession Number
Pre-Columbian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Lynton Morgan, Founder Benefactor, 2002
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
The hollow supports of this bowl are modelled as human legs with feet and painted with black geometric motifs. The bowl’s inner and outer surfaces are decorated, in red and black with the habitual Mixtec motif of stepped Greek key and spirals (or xicalcoliukqui) probably based on a stylised bird or serpent head. The glossy surface of the dense polychrome is produced by painstaking burnishing with an agate or bone tool.