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Salado Artist

Jar, 1250-1400
Earthenware and paint
4 11/16 x 7 1/8 x 7 3/16 in. (11.91 x 18.1 x 18.26 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2879
Jar with medial shoulder. Slightly flared rim. Symmetrically patterned black and white band. Broken black band just below rim. Tonto Polychrome.

Brown clay, white and red slip, and black paint

Tonto polychrome style. Anasazi patterns used in Salado ceramics include small squares and stepped designs. The heavy broken line around the rim of the jar is called the "life line" and is found throughout the Pre-Columbian and historic Southwest. The broken life line may be related to religious injunctions prohibiting man from attempting to create perfection, or it may only be a decorative convention.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 64 (illustrated/bw) fig. 189.

There is residue (and paint loss) on the underside of the jar where something adhesive has been removed. It is likely that this was a piece of white cloth tape that so many other related pieces have.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 4 11/16 x 7 1/8 x 7 3/16 in. (11.91 x 18.1 x 18.26 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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