Maize Pot Item Number: 3289/75 from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Unglazed ceramic pot on three hand-molded curved feet, and a perforated bowl. The rim is painted a solid reddish-brown, which extends down the handles, and the neck is painted with a wavy line designs, obscured by white. Two hand-molded handles attach to the bowl.

History Of Use

In order to process maize for consumption in the form, for example, of tortillas, corn is soaked and cooked in limewater. The corn can then be ground, and easily forms a dough. This is called nixtamalization. Pots such as these can be used to drain the limewater from the maize.