CULTURE: Casas Grandes
ORIGIN: Far Northern Mexico
AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1450 A. D.
SIZE: 6" in height by 7" at the widest diameter
DESCRIPTION: A highly ornamented Ramos Polychrome jar in colors of tan, black, and burnt orange. Design elements include stylized serpents, macaws, fineline orange and black elements, stepped lines enclosed in black quadrangles, upright and hanging triangles, as well as large circular areas.
There are many fine books on the market these days with great descriptions of all of the decorative elements seen on Casas Pottery. Various authors give numerous contrasting definitions of the figures...without the use of writing during the period it is up to the observer to decide the true meaning. I really do believe the bottom line is the beauty of the creation and not so much what interpretation is followed. The jar has double lobed pierced handles. There has been moderate professional restoration to a few missing shards and light paint enhancement in some faded areas. It is a great piece for the money and one any collector should be proud to own.