Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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batea (shallow rectangular dish)
  • unknown Valley Zapotec maker
  • batea (shallow rectangular dish), 1989
  • Where object was made: Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9 x 24.5 x 51 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 20 1/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4845

The rectangular dish has flared sides. It is a light natural colored wood but is otherwise undecorated.

It was used to catch the tortilla dough after it had been ground on the metate.