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Salado Artist

Jar: Parrot Effigy, 1250-1400
Earthenware and paint
2 15/16 in. x 10 7/16 in. (7.46 cm x 26.51 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2770
Jar with rounded base. Off-center neck and mouth. Projections of bird head and tail. Black and white features on red. Tonto polychrome.

Brown clay, white and red slip, and black paint

Tonto polychrome style. There is evidence that exotic birds, especially parrots and macaws, were introduced into Hohokam territory, and the Southwest in general, from Mesoamerica as early as A.D. 1100. Their inclusion in burials and the use of their feathers for decorative purposes indicates that the birds were held in high esteem.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 64-65 (illustrated/bw 64) fig. 190.

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