CULTURE: CASAS GRANDES / VILLA AHUMADA ORIGIN: NORTHERN MEXICO AGE: Ca. 1250 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 5" IN HEIGHT BY 5 1/2" AT THE WIDEST DIAMETER DESCRIPTION: An ovoid polychrome Casas Grandes jar with a soft tan background and painted elements in black, red, and white. The jar has two pierced handles for hanging or use as a canteen. Design elements include upside down stepped triangles, elongated quadrangles, elongated squares, and fine line red and black designs. The location of the black and red areas creates the visual impact of a wide band white stair step or lightning effect. There has been professional restoration to a couple of areas of the rim and light paint enhancement in a very few areas. It is an excellent example of the type.