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apaxtle (bowl)
  • Faustina Perez
    active: Mexico
  • apaxtle (bowl), 1989
  • Where object was made: Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/4 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4796

The large bowl has a flat bottom and flared sides. The exterior is undecorated. The interior is decorated with white designs: a four petal flower-like design with sets of parallel lines in the center bottom, two chevrons of fern-like leaves on the side and a pair of fern-like leaves, a large white flower between sets of leaves, and a small circle of white dots in the space inside the chevrons and pair.

There are two thin white bands and a wavy line at the rim.

It was used for storing, cooking, and serving food. It was stained by black beans cooked inside the bowl.