Clay stamp

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.

Object Summary

Museum Number 283/1990/35
Simple Name stamp
Full Name stamp (pintadera)
Common Name clay stamp
Production country Mexico
Material terracotta pottery
Collection class Tools for farm and craft
Collection continent America
Collection area/region CENT
Production continent Latin America and the Caribbean
Production year high c.1500
Cultural group Aztec
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