Avian effigy

Native American (Mogollon)
Prehistoric, Tularosa Phase

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)





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.


Excavated from Antler site in Young, Arizona, by Claire Demaray, the owner of the property; to private collection, Young, Arizona; sold by this private collection to Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA; 1989, sold by Hurst Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 27, 1989)

Credit Line

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