Native American, Four Corners region, Southern Colorado Plateau, Pueblo I/Pueblo II (Anasazi) period, ca. 875 to 1050 CE. A ceramic bowl, painted in the style most commonly excavated at the great Anasazi city of Chaco Canyon. This style is known as Red Mesa Black-on-White. The exterior of the bowl is fully white. The interior is painted with a thin chalky white slip is decorated with a black mineral paint with gorgeous swirls emanating from a square in tondo. The swirls are surrounded by stepped patterns that call to mind labyrinths. These painted designs are well done, with tiny embellishments of ticked lines; interlocking patterns that are evenly spaced give it a pleasing, rather than busy design. Size: 7.6" W x 3.7" H (19.3 cm x 9.4 cm)
Pottery of this kind is some of the most important found in the ancient Southwest. The Chaco Project recovered more of this pottery than any other style. Chaco was the center of the ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture, a vast city of monumental architecture, including massive stone Great Houses of multiple stories and kivas of all sizes. Roads from Chaco Canyon radiated to outlying settlements for hundreds of miles, and it was a religious, social, and trade hub for a vast region. Today many Native peoples in the Southwest connect their own histories to Chaco, seeing it as a stop along their sacred migrations.
Provenance: private S.S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Repaired from multiple pieces, with overpainting along the repair lines.