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Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
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 C.E.
DIMENSIONS 5 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (15 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 03.325.4009
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi) (Native American). Bowl, 900-1300 C.E. Ceramic, pigment, 5 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (15 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4009. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4009.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 03.325.4009.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceramic, high shoulder bowl with geometric black slip design of organic forms infilled with black stripes on grayware slip. Condition good.
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