Native American, Southwestern USA, Ancestral Pueblo/Anasazi culture, Greater Upper Rio Grande Valley, Rio Abajo White Ware, ca. 900 to 1350 CE. A beautiful, well-preserved ceramic seed jar, of the style known as Socorro black-on-white, its surface painted with a sure, steady hand to create a detailed motif around the broad body and another around the narrow mouth. The strip around the body is a series of elongated triangles and steps interspersed with tightly-spaced vertical lines, perhaps designed to evoke the shapes of the southwestern landscape. Around the unpronounced rim, a square shape with curlicues from each corner evokes a woven rug. Size: 9.5" W x 6.95" H (24.1 cm x 17.7 cm)
Seed jars were originally made to protect seeds from pests and extreme temperature fluctuations. Many of these jars were broken when their owners needed to extract the seeds, making this intact example a rare find! Socorro black-on-white is distinguished by its fine-lined designs, so beautifully on display here in the band around the body, as well as wide, paneled bands of decoration, again as seen here. The area of distribution for this type of pottery is the lower valley of the Rio Puerco and Rio San Jose, including the Rio Salado and Acoma province. It was made by women in the area for a very long period of time.
Provenance: ex-private Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA collection
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Intact, with beautiful remaining pigment. Tiny chips from rim and surface commensurate with age.