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.
5 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (15 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
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Ancient Pueblo (Anasazi). Bowl, 900-1300 C.E. Ceramic, pigment, 5 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (15 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4009. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4009.jpg)
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Ceramic, high shoulder bowl with geometric black slip design of organic forms infilled with black stripes on grayware slip.
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