Aug 18, 2005
Aug 18, 2005

Bowl with Geometric Design (Two-part Pinwheel)

Bowl with Geometric Design (Two-part Pinwheel)

c. 1000–1150

Ceramic

Diameter: 10 x 26.5 cm (3 15/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1930.40

Find spot: Cameron Creek Village site, New Mexico

Did you know?

Composing on a round surface challenges artists to use space without simply repeating circular motifs.

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: 
Ceramic

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