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Florero bottle

<i>Florero</i> bottle

Florero bottle

Clay and pigment

H: 37.5; W: 21; D: 17 cm

Gift of Ari Aprijaskis and Regine Alcabes de Aprijaskis, Tel-Aviv, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B08.1193

Arts/Americas

This elegant and extremely rare bottle, known as florero and designed in the Imperial Cuzco style, was a prestige ware associated with the capital of the empire and was usually given as a state gift to the outlying provinces. Inca ceramic ornamentation consisted almost entirely of the constant repetition of a few basic geometric patterns; sometimes, as in this case, some floral motifs were added.