Southwestern USA, Southwestern New Mexico, Southeast Arizona, and Northern Chihuahua region of Mexico, Mogollon culture, ca. 1000 to 1150 CE. An impressive, sizeable, hand-built grey pottery olla of a rounded form with a slightly flared rim and a pair of petite nubbins just below one side of the neck, delineated in the Reserve Indented Corrugated style. This technique requires immense skill. Each coil was carefully indented with the potter's finger at remarkably regular, tight intervals - a step that contributed to the integrity of the form as well. The rounded base suggests that this vessel was made to be set in a sandy floor. As a bonus, there is a small glass vial of seeds inside. A beautiful, handbuilt vessel with an attractive textured wavy pattern adorning the entire exterior, from rim to base. Size: 12.5" in diameter x 13" H (31.8 cm x 33 cm)
The artists responsible for creating pottery vessels like this one were usually women. Many Mogollon women have been found in burials accompanied by pottery making tools, and vessels similar to this one have been found in the Starkweather Ruin in New Mexico.
Provenance: private Riverton, Wyoming, USA collection, acquired in New Mexico, USA in the 1950s
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