Skip Navigation

Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Designs

Arts of the Americas

Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi) Pottery: A Spectrum of Black and White

Puebloan people excelled at creating an immense variety of pottery using only black and white. This color scheme was partly dictated by the nature of the clay and the mineral or plant paints available. Archaeologists surmise that cross-hatched designs like the one on this bowl may have represented the color turquoise—reflecting the precious stone and the color of water, a sacred commodity in the dry Southwest region.
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigment
DATES 900–1300
DIMENSIONS 7 x 5 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Gift of Charles A. Schieren
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Abstract lightening and maze forms.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ancestral Pueblo. Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Designs, 900–1300. Ceramic, pigment, 7 x 5 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles A. Schieren, 01.1538.1756. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 01.1538.1756.jpg)
IMAGE 01.1538.1756.jpg.
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.