Mesa Verde, Colorado, Southwestern US. ca. 1000-1150 CE. This large pitcher was decorated with red, iron-oxide rich slip. The Ancient Puebloans employed a coil-and-scrape handbuilding technique to create pottery that is stylistically innovative. Four bands of painted geometric designs surround the pitcher. The red slip was used to delineate the negative silhouettes of elongated rectangles believed to signify lightning along with red dots on the handle perhaps signifying rain. The Anasazi were ...click for details
Mesa Verde, Colorado, Southwest US, ca. 1100-1300 CE. This bowl, expertly created by the Anasazi artisans of Mesa Verde was found at the Bug Point Site on the Deloris River in Southwestern Colorado. This example is particularly striking for its star burst black on white design of diagonally set rectangles swirling toward the bottom of the bowl. These slanted rectangles symbolize lightning. Indeed the Anasazi worshiped spiritual figures representing many forces of nature. Rain, of course, was ...click for details
Mississippian-era, ca 800 to 1200 AD. Carved black hardstone elbow pipe. Made from a mottled black stone with label on base indicating this was found in Tennessee. Finely made and exhibiting great artistic style. Choice condition.