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Salado Artist

Jar, c. 1300-1350
Earthenware and paint
6 1/2 x 7 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (16.51 x 18.89 x 18.57 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2555
Spherical jar with a constricted mouth and a rounded base. Two small loop handles near the mouth. Roosevelt Black on white, White Mountain series. Wide band of four checkered and linear triangular designs on black.

Grey clay, white slip, and black paint

Reserve black-on-white style. During the height of their culture's development (Pueblo III), the Anasazi enjoyed a rich ceremonial life which was centered in underground chambers called kivas. Murals painted on the kiva walls often depicted costumed dancers and supernatural beings. Within these murals, textile designs are represented, which reveal through similarities the continuing influence of woven design on painted pottery (fig. 30). The small squares found both in the textile designs and in the painting may symbolize corn seeds, reflecting a preoccupation with agricultural fertility characteristic of Anasazi religion (Dunn, 1968, p. 19-23).

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 60-61 (illustrated/bw 61) fig. 161.

A piece of white cloth tape is adhered to the underside of the jar. Handwritten in black ink, it reads, "Rsrlt. / Blon W".

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  • Overall Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 7 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (16.51 x 18.89 x 18.57 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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