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Bowl: Shell Effigy with Lizard

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Hohokam Artist

Bowl: Shell Effigy with Lizard, n.d.
Earthenware and paint
x 3 3/4 in. ( x 9.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2685
Bowl with shell-like shape. Zoomorphic figure (lizard) on six-lobed white section on red. Plain buff exterior. Red on Hohokam buffware. Pinedale polychrome. White Mountain Series. Repainted.

clay, slip and paint

The shell, with its connotation of water, was particularly prized by the desert-dwelling Hohokam. Shell carving became a well developed art form as they were able to obtain many types of shells from the Gulf of California. Shell forms were even interpreted in other media The animal depicted on the interior of this shell-shaped scoop is a lizard.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 62, fig. 172.

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