This outstanding Mimbres bowl is exceptional in all aspects. It measures a full 12" in diameter and was created Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. in Southern New Mexico.
The bowl has a pure white slip with perfect balanced black geometric elements framing a large circular center. The arrangement of the black elements makes the bowl “pop” visually. The bowl encompasses a plethora of superb geometric elements including unparalleled delicate fine-line work throughout, stepped pyramids, minuscule interlocking scrolls, hanging stepped pyramids, zig-zag white lightning like wide white lines created by the use of the dark surrounding elements, and a pair of circular designs with unusual “plus” signs enclosed. 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 and along The Rio Grande River as well. 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 a wide black line encircling the piece which helps date it toThe Classic Phase of ceramic development of the area 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 has been professionally re-assembled from a number of original shards with the cracks professionally covered over. The interior was dampened down to temporarily outline the professional restoration. They are invisible to the naked eye when the bowl is dry.
It originally came from a private ranch near Hatch, New Mexico many years ago.