Native American, southwest New Mexico, villages in Southern Cibola Anasazi / Northern Mogollon, Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture, ca. 1150 to 1300 CE. A lovely, hand-built pottery ladle which has been well-polished, slipped, and has a pearly white surface with a finely-painted black decoration of linear, spiral, square, lattice, and abstract geometric motifs. The ladle consists of a thick, tubular handle and a large scooping bowl with a thin rim. Made for stirring and serving food, this example was probably ultimately deposited with a deceased member of the community or left in an abandoned domestic space. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 12" L x 5.875" W (30.5 cm x 14.9 cm).
Tularosa pottery from the Starkweather Ruin has been divided into three styles - Wingate, Snowflake and Tularosa - reflecting similarities in decoration with their source types. Classic Tularosa style designs are based on spirals, a diagnostic feature of the type. However, the spiral-stairstep motif is considered to be the most advanced development.
Many groups of indigenous peoples occupied the Tularosa region before the Apache drove them out in the 1800s. While some settled elsewhere, some groups completely disbanded. The Tularosa Basin in New Mexico was a rich source of Paleo Native American sites. Very little was known about the life of the Tularosa Basin; however, scholars have determined that the Anasazi and Mogollon peoples resided in the Tularosa Basin. The Anasazi culture existed from approximately 200 to 1300 CE, and their movement from the Tularosa Basin to the pueblos of the southwest has been identified. Tularosa is a village in Otero, New Mexico that shares its name with the Tularosa Basin where the town is located.
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA in 2018
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Professionally repaired from multiple large pieces with some light restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age and use, minor nicks to scoop, rim, and handle, with light fading to some areas of pigmentation. Nice craquelure to slip in some areas, and light earthen deposits throughout.