ORIGIN: Far Northern Mexico
AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1450 A. D.
SIZE: 5 3/4" at the widest diameter by 4 1/4" in height.
DESCRIPTION: A compact intact and totally unrestored Casas Grandes polychrome seed jar. The base color is a rich cinnamon brown with design elements in black and red. There is a spade shaped face on each side representing Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent and god of the rains. The two sets of hatched triangles represent the rains. The jar is drilled on each side for suspension. Numerous dendrites and root marks found in the interior attest to its great age. The interpretation of the designs comes from the book: "Casas Grandes/Pre-Columbian Pottery Decoded" written by Enest H. Christman, M.D. This jar is an appealing and affordable example of the type.