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Lot 0161B
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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Handle reattached just above scoop with some restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break line. Minor nicks and abrasions to scoop and handle, with fading to some areas of original pigmentation. Light earthen deposits throughout. Several small drill holes - possibly ancient - along handle.

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Ancient Anasazi Pottery Black-on-White Ladle

Estimate $700 - $1,000Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA