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Mogollon Artist

Bowl, c. 1050-1200
Earthenware and paint
x 7 1/2 in. ( x 19 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, New Mexico
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2575
Classic Mimbres black on white ware, Mimbres series. Interior decorated with two birds and one centipede. Narrow black stripes below rim. Restored and repainted.

clay, slip and paint

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 66 (illustrated/bw) fig. 199.
Photo to Mimbres Foundation Files, University of New Mexico, 7/12.

Birds and serpents are often found on Mimbres ots, and are design motifs based on Mesoamerican mythology. A version of these motifs is seen in the depiction of a centipede and two birds on this piece. Hte birds represented combine characteristics of two different species the turkey and the roadrunner. this was a common practive in Mimbres art, which often suggested the supernatural or mythic nature of the animal depicted.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

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