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Lot 0065A
North America, southwestern corner of New Mexico extending along Mogollon Rim into east-central and southeast Arizona, southward to Chihuahua region of northern Mexico, ca. 1100 to 1250 CE. A stunning black on white earthenware vessel of a round-bottomed globular form with a short cylindrical neck and a bifurcated handle bridging rim to shoulder. The exterior walls and rim are decorated with attractive geometric and linear motifs. Additional groupings of repeated short syncopated lines highlight the handle as well. Size: 5.25" W at widest x 4.125" H (13.3 cm x 10.5 cm)

The Mogollon are named for a mountain range along the southern Arizona-New Mexico border. Thought to be descendants of the Cochise Indians, these peoples are considered the first Southwest people to adopt agriculture, build homes, and create pottery. Mogollon pottery developed over a period of nearly a thousand years. Initially Mogollon pottery was coil-built brownware, smoothed and covered with a fine layer of slip prior to firing. Under the influence of the neighboring Anasazi, Mogollon artisans began painting their pottery with intricate geometric designs as we see exemplified by the Snowflake Black-on-White composition across the surface on this example.

Provenance: ex private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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Expected surface wear with pigment loss, though much remains. Nice mineral deposits and attractive firing clouds.

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Mogollon Black on White Pottery Mug

Estimate $800 - $1,200Mar 1, 2018