Avian effigy

Native American (Mogollon)
Prehistoric, Tularosa Phase
1000–1175


Object Place: New Mexico (West Central), United States, Quemado and Reserve area

Dimensions

25.4 x 19.05 x 15.87 cm (10 x 7 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1989.316

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Cibola White ware, Gallup Black-on-white style. Features of this piece include: round bird-body, hooked-beak head, knob-like horns, small tail pronation, four webbed feet and one remaining knob on back. Circles, filled with vertical stitched lines decorate the wing and chest area. A circular design element is repeated with hatched shapes, and solid black lines repeat the form of head, beak, feet, and tail.

Provenance

Excavated from Antler site in Young, Arizona, by Claire Demaray, the owner of the property; to private collection, Young, Arizona; purchased by Norman Hurst of Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1989; purchased by MFA, 1989, from Hurst Gallery.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Harriet Otis Cruft Fund