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Mogollon Artist



Jar, c. 900-1100
Earthenware and paint
x 3 3/4 in. ( x 9.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2803
Ellipsoidal jar. Narrow rim. Two anthropomorphic faces outlined in black. Two geometrically patterned squares. Two pairs of perforation on rim. Ramos black on white.

Materials
red clay, white slip and black paint

Provenance
Site: Casa Grande, Arizona-Chihuahua, Mexico

Commentary
Legends about twins are found universally; this "Janus-faced" pot may refer to one of them. In Western Pueblo mythology, the Beloved Twins, firstborn of the Sun Father and Earth Mother, embody good and evil (DiPeso, 1977, p. 37).
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 34 (illustrated/bw) fig. 61.

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