Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Designs
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi) Pottery: A Spectrum of Black and White
Puebloan people excelled at creating an immense variety of pottery using only black and white. This color scheme was partly dictated by the nature of the clay and the mineral or plant paints available. Archaeologists surmise that cross-hatched designs like the one on this bowl may have represented the color turquoise—reflecting the precious stone and the color of water, a sacred commodity in the dry Southwest region.
7 x 5 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Charles A. Schieren
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Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi). Pitcher with Black on White Geometric Designs, 900-1300. Ceramic, pigment, 7 x 5 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles A. Schieren, 01.1538.1756. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 01.1538.1756.jpg)
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