Native American, southwestern United States, Southern Colorado Plateau, Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), ca. 1075 to 1250 CE. A beautiful, hand-built pottery ladle which has been well-polished, slipped, and has a pearly white surface with a finely-painted black decoration of stepped, triangular, and linear motifs. The ladle is defined by a thick handle with a knob-form end and a large scoop with a thick 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. Size: 9.8" L x 5" W (24.9 cm x 12.7 cm).
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection, acquired in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA in 2018
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