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Mogollon Artist

Bowl, 1050-1200
Earthenware and paint
4 5/16 x 9 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (10.95 x 24.13 x 22.54 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, New Mexico and Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2576
Hemispherical bowl. Classic Mimbres black on white ware. Two joined zoomorphic figures and a band of narrow lines on the interior. Rough grey exterior. Incomplete firing.

Tan clay, white slip, and red paint

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 27, fig. 42.
Photo to Mimbres Foundation Files, University of New Mexico, 7/12.

To achieve their characteristic black and white pottery, the Mimbrinos employed reducing fires in their kilns. If air reached the kiln during certain times in the firing process, an oxidizing fire would result, creating red and brown tones in the iron ore paint. This process produced the atypical red painting on this bowl, which depicts insects. Apparently, an oxidizing fire was sometimes deliberately used to produce red and white ware (Brody, 19977, p.127).

A piece of cloth tape is affixed to the bottom. Handwritten in black ink, it reads, "Mimbres/ Osborn".

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  • Overall Dimensions: 4 5/16 x 9 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (10.95 x 24.13 x 22.54 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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