Clay stamp

Description
Clay stamp which is dipped into paint dye for decorating cloth and the body. Dyes were made from charcoal, cinnabar and other substances. This item was one of the many prominent items commercially traded by the Pochteca traders.
Accession Loan No.
283/1990/35
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
clay stamp
Simple Name
stamp
Full Name
stamp (pintadera)
Dimensions
whole length 41 mm; whole W 22 mm; whole depth 24 mm
Cultural Group
Aztec
Production Year High
c.1500
Production Country
Mexico
Production Area Region
Central America
Production Continent
Latin America and the Caribbean
Family Group

Material
terracotta pottery
Function Name
stamp
Function Detail
Clay stamp which is dipped into paint dye for decorating cloth and the body. Dyes were made from charcoal, cinnabar and other substances. Ref: Moctezuma, E.M. & Olguin, F.S., 2002, The Aztecs London: Royal Academy of Arts p.415
Collection Area Region
CENT
Collection Continent
America

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