Bowl

Native American (Mimbres)
Prehistoric
A.D. 850–1000


Object Place: New Mexico, United States, Mimbres River Valley

Dimensions

Overall: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.), diameter: 27.9 cm (11 in.)

Accession Number

1989.231

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Wide bowl with flared sides. Black-on-white Style II. Interior design divides bowl in half with band of closely drawn lines, each side of which is an almost mirror image of lightning bolts and stepped geometric shapes creating a triangular motif. Shapes are either solid colors or filled with a series of close lines. Sienna slip gradually darkens to umber from the firing process.

Provenance

Private collection, Los Angeles, CA. 1989, sold by Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 27, 1989)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Lynch, Anne and Joseph P. Pellegrino, an anonymous donor, and Frank B. Bemis Fund