This outstanding Mimbres bowl measures a full 11 1/2” in diameter and further defines the unparalled ceramic art created in Southern New Mexico dating Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D.
The bowl has a light gray slip with extravagant profuse abstract boldly designed decorative elements. The bowl encompasses a plethora of geometric elements including fine-line work throughout, concentric rectangular scrolls enclosing similar shapes with fine-lines both vertical and horizontal, checkerboard squares enclosed within two possible serpent designs reminisce net of ceramics often found at the great trading center of Casas Grandes, Northern Mexico Ca. 1250 - 1450 A. D. on both polychrome bowls and jars. Cases Grandes is approximately one hundred miles south of the current US/Mexico border and it is widely accepted that many members of The Mimbres People migrated south after the devastating 50 year drought (Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D.) which caused the Mimbres to abandon Southern New Mexico and migrate North. There are numerous other geometric designs represented and carefully executed by the hand of a master potter represented in the bowl along with the wide double black line encircling the piece which helps date it to The Classic Phase of ceramic development of the location and date of its creation. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase. The bowl would be best displayed in a well lighted cabinet to make the design elements show to their best. The bowl has been professionally re-assembled from a number of original shards with the cracks professionally covered over. The exterior of the bowl shows the outline of the original shards and glue lines. This form of restoration has come to be known as “Sante Fe” restoration. Although a white slip would have made this piece truly amazing it is still a unique and outstanding example.