CULTURE: Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Northern Mexico DATE: Ca. 1200 A. D. - 1450 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A unique globular Ramos polychrome olla measuring 5 1/2" in height by 7" at the widest diameter with four raised grimacing faces. The background color is a soft tan with design elements in deep red and black. The raised faces are further accented by dividing rows of vertical fine black lines. There is a wide red line just below the rim outlined in black. The eyes are round with a black central pupil giving each face an alert and somewhat threatening countenance....especially when combined with the black lines with vertical "spikes" forming the mouths. There is black ticking around the interior of the rim. The piece is intact and as found with no overpaint or restoration save for a very small chipped rim area which has been professionally repaired. I have a number of books on The Casas Grandes Culture and I have never seen another with this exact shape and design.