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  • Jesus Martinez
    active: Mexico
  • bottle, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12.5 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 15/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Hugh J. Zimmer
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0131

Thin-walled bottle that is made from gray clay. The bottom is rounded and flares out sharply to the center, then slopes up to a very small opening with a lip. The top of the shoulder is painted with a very intricate design in black and red paint. There is a large triangular black area that has two serrated, unpainted ovals inside it, a red stepped triangle, as well as a red oval divided into quadrants. The edge of that section, at the widest part of the jar, is divided into points, and interspersed with thin black lines. Along the side of that design element extends another triangle that has a fan shape at the top and bottom corners and has a fountain shape of curved black lines coming out of the point.