Historical Pot: The Gardiner Online

The Gardiner Ceramics Museum in Toronto is wonderful. I refuse to pass through the city without stopping there to drink in both historical and contemporary ceramics (The ROM right next door is also a must). Guess what!? You can view the Gardiner collection online! There is no replacement for the pots in person and the lovely effective way the museum is curated but the online collection will wet your palate and is a nice  scholarly reminder of what is out there.  It is one thing the reminded of form and surface and another to have dates and locations to deepen intrigue. I could not just choose one pot so find below three below from the “Ancient America” collection.

Tripod jar with monkey rattles
Date: 300-700
Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 22.8 cm (9 7/16 x 9 in.)
Medium: Earthenware, and hand-built.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin: Costa Rica
Description: Costa Rican tripod vessel, Late Period IV – Early Period V, with tapering legs surmounted by monkey heads wearing hats, tall slightly flaring neck, and traces of paint.
Bridge-spouted bottle with seabirds
Date: 100-200
Dimensions: Overall: 15.9 x 12.6 cm (6 1/4 x 4 15/16 in.)
Medium: Red earthenware, slip, burnishing, and hand-built.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin: Peru
Description: Early Nasca painted bridge-spout bottle, Early Intermediate period, with two large standing birds with open beaks. It has backward-sweeping wings and tails, and a sea figure below, possibly a shark. It is painted in grey, purplish-red, cream, orange, and tan on a dark brown ground.

Figural vessel
Date: 300 BCE – 200 CE
Dimensions: Overall: 27.6 x 21.5 x 16 cm (10 7/8 x 8 7/16 x 6 5/16 in.)
Medium: Red earthenware, red slip, burnishing, and hand-built.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin: Mexico, Coahuayana Valley
Description: Colima seated female figure vessel, Late Formative period, with rotund body, holding short arms at her sides. Figure has closely-set pellet and slit eyes, wearing pendant necklace and shoulder decoration. There is a flaring spout from the top of her head, and is painted a pale brownish-orange with areas of white pigment remaining.

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