Sep 30, 2010
Oct 1, 2010
Sep 30, 2010

Bowl with Fish

Bowl with Fish

c. 1000–1150

Pottery

Overall: 10.5 x 24.5 cm (4 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1930.49

Did you know?

Southwest freshwater garfish or coastal Pacific swordfish? Ancient motifs traveled via trade and cultural exchange.

Description

The Mogollon of New Mexico's Mimbres region produced thousands of bowls painted with black-and-white designs on their interiors. The designs range from elegant geometric motifs to abstract humans and animals. Meaning may have dwelled in part in the domed shape of the bowls, which often were ritually punctured before they were placed over the heads of the deceased in graves. Perhaps, like modern Pueblo peoples, the Mimbres believed that the sky was a dome pierced to allow for passage between worlds, as from the realm of the living to the dead.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Pottery

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