Bowl with Geometric Design (Two-part Design)

c. 1000-1150

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The Mogollon people of New Mexico's Mimbres region produced thousands of bowls painted with black-and-white designs on their interiors. The designs range from geometric motifs to abstract humans and animals, like the pronghorn antelopes shown here. Meaning may have dwelled in part in the domed shape of the bowls, which often were ritually punctured before they were inverted over the heads of the deceased. Perhaps, like modern Pueblo peoples, the Mimbres believed that the sky was a dome pierced to allow for passage between worlds, from the realm of the living to the dead.

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  • Title: Bowl with Geometric Design (Two-part Design)
  • Date Created: c. 1000-1150
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 13.2 x 28.5 cm (5 3/16 x 11 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1930.43
  • Medium: ceramic
  • Fun Fact: The Mimbres people pierced holes in fine bowls before burying them as offerings.
  • Department: Art of the Americas
  • Culture: Southwest, Mogollan, Mimbres, Pre-Contact Period, 11th-12th century
  • Credit Line: Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund
  • Collection: AA - Native North America
  • Accession Number: 1930.43

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