Chocolate Jar

Date: ca. 1700

Geography: Made in Puebla, Mexico

Culture: Mexican

Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware, iron

Dimensions: H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert W. de Forest, 1911

Accession Number: 11.87.7


The lock and cover that attached to the iron collar have been lost. Jars of this type were used to store valued material such as spices or cacao beans. The diagonal design of flying bird with cloud collar encircling the neck and stylized landscape below is one of the most frequently encountered Mexican patterns, in jars of this shape as well as narrow drug jars and plates. Many of the motifs derive from Chinese-export Swatow ware, but the ensemble is one of the signatures of the Pueblan style.