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Jar: Parrot Effigy, c. 1250-1500
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.

Materials
clay, slip and paint

Commentary
There is evidence that exotic birds, especially parrots and macaws, were introduced into Hohokam territiory 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.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
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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