Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - West Mexican Cultures - Artifact #3

Ceramic model of a house - West Mexican Cultures

WHO: Culture group from Jalisco region of West Mexico

WHERE: Jalisco, West Mexico, Pacific Coast

WHEN: Late Preclassic Period, 100 B.C. - A.D. 250

WHAT: This artifact, one of a small group of architectural models from the West Coast, depicts a house in Jalisco of about 100 B.C. - A.D. 250. Excavation in Jalisco has revealed precincts in which structures are grouped in a fashion similar to that of the model. Arrangements of this sort, centred on what may be a cistern or well, probably served an extended family or other kin group, perhaps of the ruling elite.
Length: 32.1 cm

HOW: Slab-built and hand-modelled earthenware, cream slipped (with black firing marks).

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.57

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