Detail View: The AMICA Library: Bottle (Florero)

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1979.205.6
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 
The clean lines of this ceramic vessel are representative of the refined and abstract aesthetic that dominated the art style at Teotihuacan. This vessel type, called florero, is notable for its elegant long neck and widely flared rim. Although the design may have originated elsewhere, the people of Teotihuacan produced floreros from the first century A.D. until the city collapsed around 750 A.D. The smooth, glossy surface of this bottle is the result of a ceramic technique called burnishing. To burnish a ceramic vessel, a hard stone is rubbed along the unfired clay surface in order to align the tiny particles that form the "skin" of the clay body. When these particles line up , the result is the shiny surface apparent here.
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Teotihuacán
Creator Name-CRT: 
Teotihuacan
Title: 
Bottle (Florero)
View: 
Principal view
Creation Date: 
1st?5th century
Creation Start Date: 
1
Creation End Date: 
499
Materials and Techniques: 
Ceramic
Creation Place: 
Mexico
Dimensions: 
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York
ID Number: 
1979.205.6
Credit Line: 
Gift of Arthur M. Bullowa, 1979
Copyright: 
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.h1_1979.205.6.tif