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Lot 0113C
Native American, Southwestern US, Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, ca. 1000 to 1250 CE. A beautiful ceramic bowl with a white-slipped exterior and a black-on-white interior painted in an intricate pattern of triangles, waves, and fine lines. Although much of Mimbres pottery has zoomorphic decoration, there is also some like this that has geometric decoration that seems to have been inspired by other Southwestern imagery. Although the Mimbres have a very distinctive pottery tradition, there is no doubt that they had extensive contact with other peoples in the southwest. Size: 10.2" W x 5.45" H (25.9 cm x 13.8 cm)

The Mimbres people occupied the mountain and river valleys of southwestern New Mexico; the name we know them by is from the Spanish word for the willows that grew alongside the river valleys. The artists responsible for creating pottery vessels like this were women, and many women have been found in burials accompanied by pottery making tools.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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Repaired from multiple pieces, with small breaks along the repair lines.

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Large Mimbres Black-on-White Pottery Bowl

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500Dec 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA