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Censer, c. 900-1100
Earthenware and paint
2 3/4 in. x 1 15/16 in. x 4 1/2 in. (7 cm x 5 cm x 11.4 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2668
Cylindrical tetrapod jar with a flat base and wide rim. Zoomorphic projections of a head and tail, representing a mountain sheep. Painted with red interlocking curls and white zigzag line on the rim. Red on Hohokam buffware. Sacaton phase.

Materials
clay, slip and paint

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 63 (illustrated/bw) fig. 181.
Haury 1976, P. 206, fig. 12.15e.

Authorities
Identified as a mountain sheep by L. H.

Commentary
Censors--small thick walled vessels--used by the Hohokam for burning incense, are related to similar Mesoamerican objects. Bighorn sheep, like the one represented here, were used for food by the Hohokam.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

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