Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Tecomate (Gourd-Shaped Bowl) with “Olmec Dragon” Design

1200–400 B.C.

Ceramic

7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
7 × 9 cm (2 3/4 × 3 9/16 in.)
Gift of Peter David Joralemon, B.A. 1969, M.Phil 1974, in memory of Terry F. Green., B.A. 1969
1989.40.1
Geography: 
Guatemala
or geography Mexico
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Mexico or Guatemala, Olmec
Period: 
Early Formative to Middle Formative Period
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Arthur N. Seiff, New York, by 1965; sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 16, 1989, lot 77; sold to Judith Small Nash (dealer), New York, May 16, 1989; sold to Peter David Joralemon, New York, June 7, 1989; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1989

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1989,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1990): 123, ill.

Regan Huff, “A Pot, A Motif, and Formative Mexico,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 24, fig. 1.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 313, ill.

Sotheby’s, New York, Arthur N. Seiff Collection, sale cat. (May 16, 1989), lot 77.

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