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Native American, Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), Southern Colorado Plateau, ca. 1075 to 1250 CE. A beautiful, used example of a ladle in the black-on-white pottery tradition. It is well polished, slipped, and has a white-grey surface with black decoration of regular triangles that resembles a snowy mountain range silhouetted against a dark sky. The ladle once had a long, thick handle attached to its ovoid bowl. This ladle was made for heating and serving food, and would have been deposited with a deceased member of the community or left in an abandoned domestic space. Size: 5" W x 3" H (12.7 cm x 7.6 cm)

Provenance: ex-Joan Shaw collection, bought in 1971; loaned to the Mesa Verde Museum, 1962-1970; ex-Bill Mitchell collection, Cortez, Colorado, USA, from 1958-1962

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Handle is mostly lost as shown. There is an unrepaired hairline fracture on one side. Nice deposits on surface and great preservation of motifs. Handwritten collection number on underside.

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Prehistoric Anasazi Pottery Ladle, ex-Mesa Verde Museum

Estimate $300 - $450
$1500 bids
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