Aztec Vase with Four Faces

Pablo Picasso1957/1957

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

Pablo Picasso admired the work of the Madoura Pottery Factory while summering in Vallauris, a town in the south of France. With the help of owner Suzanne Ramie, he began in 1947 to explore ceramics as a new artistic medium, returning to Madoura’s studio regularly for the next 25 years. Through these collaborations, Picasso ultimately created more than 600 designs for plates, bowls, vases, and jugs, all hand-painted and sold in limited editions of varying size. Picasso’s favorite themes—bullfights, animals, still lifes, and Cubist faces—take on new and colorful energy in these works. Large face jug with a stirrup handle. White with green and brown decorations. Face is scratched out and filled with glaze.


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  • Title: Aztec Vase with Four Faces
  • Creator: Pablo Picasso
  • Date: 1957/1957
  • Location Created: Vallauris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm)
  • Manufacturer: Madoura
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Earthenware
  • Rights: © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Medium: Earthenware