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Mogollon Artist

Jar, 900-1100
Earthenware and paint
x 3 3/4 in. ( x 9.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P2803
Ellipsoidal jar. Narrow rim. Two anthropomorphic faces outlined in black. Two geometrically patterned squares. Two pairs of perforation on rim. Ramos black on white.

Red clay, white slip, and black paint

Formerly in the E. D. Osborn Collection.

Ramos black-on-white style. Legends about twins are found universally; this "Janus-faced" pot may refer to one of them. In Western Pueblo mythology, the Beloved Twins, firstborn of the Sun Father and Earth Mother, embody good and evil (DiPeso, 1977, p. 37).

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 34 (illustrated/bw) fig. 61.

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