Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
All that remains of Mimbres villages are rubble mounds with scattered pottery shards. No one knows if the Mimbres moved or who their descendants might be. Mimbres potters, probably women, created sophisticated designs for six hundred years. The pottery objects that have survived are primarily executed in black and white with complicated designs. Some of the best pottery pieces apparently had holes deliberately punched into their centers before they were placed in burials underneath house floors, but we do not know why.
4 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (12.1 x 29.8 x 26.7 cm) (show scale)
Bowl with white exterior and black on white interior design consists of a central figure of a man with a mountain goat or a longhorn sheep on his back. A quadrilateral design of angular solid and striped figures surrounds the figures and a band of thin horizontal lines encircles the rim. The bowl has been ritually "killed" which is indicated by a hole in the center of the bowl. There is black writing on the side that says, "13254."
Condition: Previously reconstructed.
Mimbres. Bowl, 550-1150 C.E. Clay, pigment, 4 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (12.1 x 29.8 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 73.35.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.73.35.2_view1.jpg)
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