Pre-Columbian, Northern Mexico, Northwest Chihuahua, Casas Grandes, Babicora, ca. 1250 to 1475 CE. A lovely polychrome Casas Grandes pottery vessel, of the Babicora stylistic variety, with double perforations on opposite sides of neck for suspension. Size: 6"H (15.3 cm) x 7" in diameter (17.8 cm).
In Babicora style designs, the red and black paint do not touch. This style occurs on Babicora polychrome (smoothed but unslipped brown vessels) and most examples of Villa Ahumada polychrome (off-white slip), Carretas polychrome (orange-tinged clay), and Huerigos polychrome (same clay as Carretas, but slipped). This example appears to have an off-white slip that is burnished in some areas; hence, most likely of the Villa Ahumada Polychrome variety. The Babicora tradition is an outgrowth of the late Viejo period painting styles.
Condition: Intact with a few small chips on rim with expected surface wear as shown.
Provenance: Ex-private Ripley collection, Iowa, collected over last 40 years.
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