Native American, US Southwest, Colorado, Mesa Verde, Anasazi, Mimbres, or Ancestral Puebloan, ca. 1100 to 1300 CE. A lovely hand-built pottery canteen with a rounded base, a spherical body, a squat neck, a thin rim, and a pair of pierced lug handles for suspension. Adorning the body are several concentric circles, dark triangular shapes, and dozens of abstract pronged forms lining the tops and bottoms of each circular section. Typical Anasazi vessels like this were made from a grey or white paste with angular fragments of temper and, once fired, painted in carbon-based black pigment in a variety of geometric motifs. These were made by people who lived in cliff dwellings like those seen at Mesa Verde National Park. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 4.25" W x 4.75" H (10.8 cm x 12.1 cm).
Provenance: private S.S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, fading to black and white pigments, small nicks to rim, lugs, body, and base, and some roughness across most surfaces. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout.