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(and other pottery too...)

I fell in love with the southwest. I can't even remember how many times I've been there now. Someday I will settle in Arizona, but for now I have amassed a fair collection of Native American Pottery.

I am particularly fond of the Acoma style of pottery-thin black lines on a white wash. My favorites were made by Darin Victorino. He lives at Acoma. If you stop there, ask for him...his aunt, Sandra lives and sells in the Sky City.

Of course, there's more than just native american pottery here - call it scope creep.

 


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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Emil Chino

ID: Pottery 1

Emil Chino Acoma Pot

From Acoma Pueblo - bought personally.

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Mark.

 

Tribe: Nambe

Artist: Robert Vigil

ID: Pottery 2

Seed Pot - Robert Vigil Nambe

From Nambe Pueblo

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Tribe: Nambe

Artist: Robert Vigil

ID: Pottery 3

Robert Vigil Nambe

From Nambe Pueblo

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Tribe: Nambe

Artist: Robert Vigil

ID: Pottery 4

Robert Vigil Nambe

From Nambe Pueblo

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Darin Victorino

ID: Pottery 6

Darin Victorino Ornament

From Acoma Pueblo - also assisted by his wife

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Darin Victorino

ID: Pottery 7

Darin Victorino Massive Pot

From Acoma Pueblo

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Darin Victorino

ID: Pottery 8

Darin Victorino Small Pot

From Acoma Pueblo

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Darin Victorino

ID: Pottery 9

Darin Victorino Mini Pot

From Acoma Pueblo

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 12

Unknown Acoma

From Acoma

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: ? CLBZ

ID: Pottery 15

Olla Pot

Bought from Genevieve Garcia at Santa Domingo pueblo in July of 1999. We paid $100. We went into her home and she told me she had traded for this pot. Though, she wouldn't tell me who the artist was. She said she didn't remember. Both she and her husband were extremely friendly and engaging. She told me that this olla was a water jug and that we shoul duse it. She said water has a different taste in one of these jugs and that it keeps the water cool. She said the jug was from Acoma

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 16

Mata Ortiz Pot by Fito Tena

Says "Fito Tena" Bought from Native American Trading Company in Denver Colorado for $95.

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Tribe: Jemez

Artist: K E

ID: Pottery 18

Jemez - K.E.

Says K.E.

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Tribe: Jemez

Artist: M… Yepa

ID: Pottery 19

M Yepa - Jemez

Says M… Yepa

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Tribe: Navajo

Artist: ? LVB

ID: Pottery 20

LVB - Navajo

Says LVB

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Tribe: Laguna

Artist: Ruth Koyona

ID: Pottery 21

Ruth Koyona - Laguna

I love the three dimensional pattern around the rim (little upside down triangles). We didn't actually buy this from the artist, but we bought it from a friend of hers who had Ruth's pots inside the front door of her house. I think this was because Ruth's friend's house was right next door to the 300 year old church at Laguna. We knocked on the door in March of 1999 but there was no answer. We went back in July for the celebration of that church and her friend was in. We paid $28.

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Tribe: Jemez

Artist: ? Yepa

ID: Pottery 22

Yepa - Jemez

Says Yepa Jeme

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Tribe: none

Artist: Adrienne Seagraves

ID: Pottery 23

Adrienne Seagraves

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Tribe: none

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 24

Gmunden Austria Pot

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Tribe: none

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 25

Haeger Vase

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Tribe: none

Artist: Gary Steinborn

ID: Pottery 26

Gary Steinborn Pot

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Tribe: none

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 27

Van Briggle

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Tribe: none

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 28

Venice Clay

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Tribe: ?

Artist: Darlene Nampeyo

ID: Pottery 29

Darlene Nampeyo Small Pot

Purchased far north in Flagstaff Arizona in what I remember being a kind of pottery museum. More info to follow.

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 30

Ink Gourd

By an unknown Perivuan Artist. Purchased in March of 1999 from Jackalope in Santa Fe, NM

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 31

Nazca Bowl

Circa 300 AD. Purchased from Foliophiles Collection in Santa Fe, NM in March of 1999. We paid $190 - 40% (still probably too much). Similar to one shown in "From Acoma to Zuni" pottery book.

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Tribe: Maya

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 32

Mayan Bowl

Circa ??. Chiapas. Purchased from Foliophiles Collection in Santa Fe in March of 1999. We paid $590 - 40% (wow). I did not know much about Mayan pottery at that point, and now it does not look to be of any great artistry. Could be a fake - if not, perhaps late 1000 AD?

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 33

Colima Star Bowl

info to come

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 35

Oil Lamp

info to come

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 36

Berber Jug

Bought from the Chicago Field Museum in May of 1999 for $43. The following information came with the pot: Berber Drinking Mug, Morocco, This vessel was crafter by Berber women from the Rif area of Morocco. Rif potters make miniature versions of their work for display in village houses to ward off the evil eye. The store clerk told me that these were antiques from the turn of the century and that they were used - utilitarian.

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 37

Strange Brown Pot

Bought from an antique store on 94 in Wisconsin in 1999. Was cheap - not great workmanship, but strangely appealing

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: ? Kuutimaitsia

ID: Pottery 40

Lizard Pot

Labelled "Acoma" by the artist. Gift from my parents.

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Tribe: Salado

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 46

Salado Pre-columbian Pot

Purchased in July of 1999 from Andrews Pueblo pottery in Old Town, Albuquerque, NM for $100. They dropped it as they were packing it and sent me another one in its stead (the also sent me the broken shards of the one they dropped).

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Tribe: Anasazi

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 47

Anasazi Child Pot

Purchased in July of 1999 from Andrews Pottery in Old Town, Albuquerque, NM for $95. Probably Anasazi, probably made by or for a child? Wonderful miniature corrugated pot

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ID: Pottery 52

West Mexico Pre-Classic Bowl

100-300 AD

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ID: Pottery 57

Large Scraper – Cahokia Mound Site – Illinois

This 2 1/2” long cream-colored chert scraper (CH 306) was found in a field in 1913 in front of the Great Cahokia Mound, St. Clair Co., Illinois (it is rare to find an artifact from this famous site). In excellent condition, it is from the Carrol Howe collection (actually from the collection of Carrol’s uncle George, and early 20th century collector and educator). Dating c. 1000 A.D. into the Mississippian Period.

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ID: Pottery 58

Pre-Columbian Plate

From description: Glued. 1" x 7". Pre-Columbian collection was collected by a husband and wife team of archaeologists from 1930 to 1938 in Mexico and South American countries. It was retained in the collection until 1997 when it was dispersed and sold. The collection totaled over 3000 before being sold off. 900-1100 AD. $10

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: P Lowden

ID: Pottery 5

P. Lowden seed pot

Bought from Nellie Bly II in Jerome, Arizona in March of 1999 for $80. Not a name I've seen before, but the design is quite nice. It was the one that first got me interested in Acoma pottery. However, it may be greenware.

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Tribe: Santa Clara

Artist: Alvin Baca

ID: Pottery 10

Alvin Baca

Bought at the Singing Gallery on Santa Clara Pueblo in July of 1999. We paid $144. We met his mother, Angela, who made more squat, more traditional jars - but they were more rough.

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Tribe: Navajo

Artist: J Johnson

ID: Pottery 11

J Johnson - small

One of a set of 2 with crude designs incised on them. The pots appear to be greenware, but the designs are extremely interesting. I bought them deep in the bottom of Canyon De Chelly in March of 1999. They have "Navajo" written on the bottom. Bought from a young lady who said her "Aunt" made them. She told us about what the designs meant, but unfortunately I didn't write any of it down.

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Tribe: Santa Domingo

Artist: C A

ID: Pottery 13

C.A. - Santa Domingo

Bought in March of 1999 at the Laguna church's 300th anniversary festival. The woman there said there was too much competition at the Santa Domingo art fair that was going on that weekend. Her stuff was not spectacular, but this particular one stood out. We paid very little.

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Tribe: Jemez

Artist: ? Chinana

ID: Pottery 14

Chinana - Jemez

Bought from Richardsons trading post in Gallup, NM in March of 1999 for $35.

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Tribe: ?

Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 38

Blue Jerome Pot

Purchased in March of 1999 in Jerome Arizona from ______.

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Tribe: Santa Domingo

Artist: Genevieve Garcia

ID: Pottery 39

Bird Effigy

Bought from the artist (at her home) in July of 1999 for $30. She was extremely nice and we also bought of of the Olla's from her "private" collection (CLBZ pot). She had traded for the Olla. This one is a little touristy but still quit nice.

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Tribe: Jemez

Artist: Eva Sando

ID: Pottery 41

Jemez Pot

Small touristy greenware pot. Bought at the Laguna festival (300th anniversary of their mission). Pot is labeled "Jemez". $20. Also bought a great miniature pot made by her daughter (red acoma-esque design that was $10-15 - should have bought more of those).

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Tribe: Navajo

Artist: J Johnson

ID: Pottery 42

J Johnson large Spider Jar

One of a set of 2 with crude designs incised on them. The pots appear to be greenware, but the designs are extremely interesting. I bought them deep in the bottom of Canyon De Chelly in March of 1999. They have "Navajo" written on the bottom. Bought from a young lady who said her "Aunt" made them. She told us about what the designs meant, but unfortunately I didn't write any of it down.

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Terrance M. Chino

ID: Pottery 43

Olla Pot

An almost dizzying pattern made up of black, an earth-red and an earthy-white. Bought at Acoma pueblo in July 1999 (on the mesa). We paid $425 with shipping. We have a picture with the artist. Mr Chino wrote us a 2-page explanation of his methods for making the pot and what each color and design means. Hand coiled. Info to come.

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Tribe: ?

Artist: Mercedes Rivera

ID: Pottery 44

Circle Pot

Bought at "The Pottery Studio" in July of 1999. Paid $250. The studio was hers and we bought it from her personally. More info to come.

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Susan Sarracino

ID: Pottery 45

2 Mini Pots

One is a black-on-white acoma pot and the other has a dark black design with red highlights. These are about 1" tall. The artist was very young when I met her and these pots were priced extremely high (one was $35 and one was $40). But they were very good - a little mis-shapen, but the level of skill involved in painting these said she might grow into quite an artist. Also, a very nice person. Bought on the mesa.

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ID: Pottery 59

4 miniature wooden pots

Made by Douglas Crawforth. Bought from Mariposa gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, NM in 7/99. They didn't get much larger than 2" - our largest. Paid $64 for all four.

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Artist: ? ?

ID: Pottery 48

Xian Tile set

Purchased in Xian China in 2001

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ID: Pottery 61

A Plaque of The 3 Gorges by Cheng Qiu Shen

Bought in 2001? on our trip to China. We did it in a clandestine meeting in our room with Cheng so the ship we were on did not get a cut. This is from my journal: He begins with a pure black sheet of granite (I believe) on an easel. He seats himself in front of it, raises one arm up so that the elbow is pointing towards the easel and rests a large metal “pick” on this raised arm with his other hand. He then taps his pick against the granite, over and over again, creating small nicks in the stone. He uses these nicks like the pixels in a picture or the dots on newsprint to create an image. What is so startling is the quality of the images. Perhaps this is why his work is so expensive. We did eventually end up purchasing one from him. Not a large one, but quite a beautiful work: it is of the Goddess Peak, a famous peak in the last of the three gorges. Here is the information from the plaque that was by his table: Introduction to renowned engraving and carving artist Cheng Qiu Shen Born in 1959, in picturesque Guilin, graduated in 1981 from Guangxi Academy of Fine Arts, and is a member of the Chinese Artists' association. His creations in the art of engraving have been considered as arguably the best in China and among the world. Mr. Cheng is also a member of the Society of Chinese-Japanese calligraphically carving, chairman of the Guilin engraving association as well as director of the association's carving chapter. His work has been included in the "Chinese contemporary art lexicon" and appears regularly on national and local television as well as in newspapers. In 1998, his engraving masterpiece of "president Clinton in Guilin" became not only a part of Guilin's museum collection, but also of president Clinton's private collection. Cheng has spent the past decade or so studying the Yangtze Three Gorges through sketching and photography, culminating in a series of exquisite engravings in the Three Gorges, such as "Goddess Peak," Xiling Gorge, "Scenic Wushan" etc. In addition, Mr. Cheng uses a wide range of subject matters. He is equally adept in portraits, animals, stil life, landscape and advertisement. He wields his chisel to create life like images of uncanny depth and subtly. It is therefore no surprise that his pieces have been exhibited all over south east asia and in such countries as US, Japan, Germany, UK, Korea, to name a few. Commissioned by Victoria Cruises to create a progressive picture on the Yangtze Three Gorges, Cheng opened his solo exhibition in 1998 to international acclaim. His works are well loved worldwide by fans and collectors alike.

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ID: Pottery 62

2 Faux Yixing Tea Pots

Bought at a temple on our trip to China. Our guide said they were fakes - they were $5. (the ones with ribbons)

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ID: Pottery 63

2 Yixing Tea Pots

Purchased from our hotel? One has a price tag in it for $40.

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ID: Pottery 60

Kenyon Thomas Bowl

Purchased from Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, NM in November of 2002 for $65.

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ID: Pottery 77

Mini Navajo Jug

Bought from The Rainbow Man in Santa Fe, NM in 2002. Paid $70ish. Says Lorenzo Spencer Navajo on the bottom.

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ID: Pottery 65

Green etched type plate

Susan Sarracino. Bought in 2007 at Acoma.

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ID: Pottery 67

Thomas Tenorio Mata Ortiz Pot

Bought in the summer of 2007 in California. More info to come.

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ID: Pottery 68

Dean Reano medium plate

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ID: Pottery 69

Mata Ortiz Plate

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ID: Pottery 70

Black Mata Ortiz Pot

Bought in California in the summer of 2007. More info to come

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ID: Pottery 66

Watermelon Seller figure

Bought in Nubian village in Aswan in 2008. Tourist piece.

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Tribe: Mata Ortiz

Artist: Celia Lopez

ID: Pottery 71

Mini Seed Pot with Butterflies

Bought from Margaret Moses Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque, NM in June of 2010 for $30. Made by Celia Lopez from Mata Ortiz.

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: Corinne Garcia

ID: Pottery 72

Story Pot with Tin Can in Cistern

Bought from Margaret Moses Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque, NM in 2010 for $30. By Corinne Garcia of Acoma. The store owner told us that her children had a dog named "Tin Can" and that he used to play in the cistern - hence the story pot. She also told us he died and she replaced him without telling her children.

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Tribe: Mata Ortiz

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ID: Pottery 73

Blue Polychrome Mata Ortiz wide seed pot

Bought from Margaret Moses Gallery in Albuquerque NM in 2010 for $50. Artist is Ernesto R.S.

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Tribe: Taos

Artist: Olivia Martinez

ID: Pottery 74

Mica Pinched Edge Bowl from Taos Pueblo

Bought from Morning Talk Indian Shop on the Taos Pueblo in NM in 2010. Made by Olivia Martinez

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Tribe: Taos

Artist: Martin A Romero

ID: Pottery 75

Mica Seed Pot

Bought from Blue Lake Indian Shop at the Taos Pueblo in NM in 2010. Bought while the artist, Martin A. Romero was standing there.

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Tribe: Taos

Artist: Martin A Romero

ID: Pottery 76

Mica Water Jug Pot

Bought from Blue Lake Indian Shop at the Toas Pueblo, NM in 2010. The artist, Martin A Romero, was trying to sell a group of pots to the store owner - and I liked this one so they sold it to us for $30.

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ID: Pottery 49

Miniature Blackware Pre-columbian bowl

From Teotihuacan, Mexico. C .300-700AD. Found at Teotihuacan in January of 1954. From the Dr. Allen Heflin collection. AXH 773

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ID: Pottery 50

Pre-columbian Figurine (painted face)

From Teotihuacan, Mexico. C. 300-700AD (arms and legs missing). Has the classic and frequently seen Teotihuacan head. Unusual in that some pigment remains. Found in March 1956 by Dr. Allen Heflin. AXH 1376. Markings on back indicate Teotihuacan and a date of 3 5 1955.

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ID: Pottery 51

Pre-columbian Whorl (Decorated)

This 1 5/8” diameter pre-Columbian ceramic hemispheric artifact (AXH 1449R4N1) was found at the site of Teotihuacan, Mexico in 1959 (so marked in black ink on the bottom edge) by Dr. Allen Heflin. Obviously made by pressing a disk of wet clay into a mold, the top is perforated with a small hole and the outside surface decorated with incised or impressed lines forming a quadrant partition. A similar line encircles the hole. This hollow object may have been used as a spindle whorl (although they are usually solid) or could have been used as a bead…This artifact probably dates into the Classic Period, c.300-700AD. $10

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Tribe: Acoma

Artist: F W

ID: Pottery 17

Acoma - F.W.

From dscription: Polychrome Acoma Pot. This piece came from the collection of an 80 year old woman. Features 2 color paint in a geometric design on a white slip. 2.75"H x 3.25"W Says F.W. on bottom.

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ID: Pottery 53

Mimbra Replica Bowl

Purchased at the Maxwell Museum. The back states: Thornburg THT 18/100 Geronimo Museum NM NM Circa 1000-1150 A.D. Toad in Negative $75 MIMBOWL075

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ID: Pottery 55

Pre Columbian Idol Head

The description: Fragment dates over 1000 years and comes from the Southern West coast of Mexico. It is a fragment of a clay idol that was thrown into the fields as an offering for good crops. This fragment was retrieved by an old skydiving buddy from the mid 1960's who went on a dig with a Los Angeles county museum. I traded him some of my antique printed pieces for a few of the artifacts he came back with...The piece is approximately 1.5" tall. I have had this on display in my home for a number of years. I drilled a small hole in the bottom and stood it on a small walnut plaque. $20

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ID: Pottery 56

Ethiopian Leather and Shell Water Jug

Info to come. $23 Used to carry and store milk, these vessels are made of guords, basketry, mud/clay and leather and adorned with cowrie shells. Years later they still have an old odor that some people might find too strong or objectionable. From the web: could be a gorfa, a traditional container for churning and short-term storage of cow's milk. The gorfa is a pear-shaped, ridded container woven from root fibres of Asparagus sp. Gorfa also have an average capacity of about two litres and are used for storing (souring) and churning milk (Figure 4.3). They are smoked using a variety of charcoals (from Acacia nilotica, Cordia gharaf, Cordia ovalis, and Combretum molle). This also probably serves to sterilise and seal the container and burns off loose fibres on the inside to create a smooth surface. Smoking and rinsing the gorfa with milk occurs just prior to adding fresh milk that is to be stored for several days. The process of smoking and rinsing is repeated prior to pouring the next batch of fresh milk.

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ID: Pottery 64

Chinese Yaobian vase

From Field Museum. Simple and red. $30

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