Native American, US Southwest, Colorado, Mesa Verde, Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloans, ca. 1100 to 1300 CE. A fine example of a ceramic seed jar made in the Mesa Verde Black-on-White tradition in what is today southwestern Colorado. The body is round, with a flattened top and base, and double perforations through the rim for suspension. Adorning the body is a stylized geometric pattern resembling a meander, some sections of which are filled with additional linear, geometric, and dotted motifs. Interestingly, the winding designs may relate to the multi-level style of their cliff dwellings. Size: 4.375" in diameter x 3.125" H (11.1 cm x 7.9 cm)
Created by people who lived in cliff dwellings like those seen today at Mesa Verde National Park, these vessels were made from a grey or white paste with angular fragments of temper, and then covered in a pearly grey-white slip that was then overpainted with a black pigment made from carbon.
Provenance: private S.S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Repaired fissure down one side of the vessel as shown. Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Nice smoke clouds. Old inventory label on underside.