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Mimbres Classic black-on-white bowl

Mimbres Classic black-on-white bowl

ca. 1000-1130

Like the shallow black-on-white bowls, deep bowls with red designs were used in life, then buried with the dead. Red coloration is produced when the iron ore in the paint oxidizes during firing. A stratified composition of geometric zones is bounded by lines—conveying a meticulously ordered artistic universe.
Ceramic, pigment
6 in. (15.2 cm)
Diam.: 12 in.
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Not currently on view

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