ORIGIN: American Southwest
AGE: 1000 A.D. - 1250 A. D.
An exceptional Classic Phase Mimbres geometric. The bowl measures 9" in diameter by 5" in height. The design,complexity, and execution are of superior quality...It is arguably in the top 5% realm of outstanding creativity in the Mimbres ceramic tradition. Geometric designs include two banded areas enclosed within parallel lines with multiple fine lines,upright and hanging triangles, along with stepped wide lines. The design elements are divided into four repeating quadrants. The zig-zag repeating design in the center area creates and optical illusion of spinning movement. There is less than 1% restoration. It is this kind of creative genius which makes Mimbres pottery the very best of black on white wares in the Southwest.Some pieces of Anasazi are beautiful in design but rarely if ever reach the level of the Mimbres.They just don't come any better! The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal laws. It comes from the collection of the now defunct Soutwestern Archaeological Institute.