North America, Southwest, Southeastern Arizona, Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloan, Greater Mogollon, Greater Salado, Upper Gila (Highland Salado), ca. 1300 to 1450 CE. A gorgeous hand-built pottery jar presenting a bulbous body with a wide waist and a sloped shoulder that dramatically tapers to a narrow neck and an annular, rolled rim. Adorned in hues of burnt sienna, black, and cream beneath a lustrous burnish, this elegant vessel is painted with a lovely geometric pattern of triangles, circles, and linear and undulating striations. Size: 11.875" in diameter x 6.75" H (30.2 cm x 17.1 cm)
There are three recognized styles of Salado polychrome pottery: Pinta, Gila, and Tonto. Gila vessels like this example were often decorated with complex designs, at times featuring stylized snakes, lizards, parrots, stars, the sun, and eyes. Many of these images also appear in petroglyphs. The Salado (Spanish for "salty") peoples migrated to the Salt River in Southeastern Arizona. They resided in the center of three major cultures of the Southwest of the time period: Anasazi to the North, Mogollon to the East and South, and the Hohokam to the West and Southwest.
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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Repaired from two pieces with restoration over break lines on exterior and some repair/restoration to rim. Abraded area to base. A few light nicks commensurate with age. Otherwise, excellent with impressive remaining pigments.