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Jug, c. 1100-1300
Earthenware and paint
6 in. x 3 1/8 in. (15.2 cm x 8 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2876
Jug with angular medial shoulder. Rounded base. Flattened loop handle attached to neck and body. Symmetrical pattern of bands with curls on upper body. Narrow vertical lines on neck and lower body. Casa Grande red on Hohokam buff ware. Classic phase.

Materials
clay, slip and paint

Commentary
Radical changes marked the transition from the pottery of the Sacaton phase to that of the Classic period (A.D. 1200-1400). Vessel sizes were greatly reduced, and the graceful flared rim bowl passed out of existence. Decoration became much simpler with figurative form and small repeated elements practically disappearing. The weakening of the vital Hohokam ceremic tradition may have been caused by the Hohokam's association with the Salado culture and the ensuing emphasis on the production of polished and smudged red pottery.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 64, fig. 185.

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