Classic Mimbres Black-on-white bowl: animals, head, and figure
- Mogollon -- Mimbres
Mimbres potters developed one of the Southwest’s most appealing painting styles, distinguished by geometric compositions and narrative imagery that provides an eloquent record of Mimbres life. The painting on many Mimbres vessels suggests concepts of sacred space or cosmic geography. The edge of the bowl may have marked the boundary of an orderly world, while the center space, often empty and white, may refer to the Earth Center. Here a human head with an arrow in the mouth, an anthropomorphized anteater, and two bighorn sheep covered with a series of zigzags and fretwork, emanate from that center.
Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Bowl with geometric design (1982.94)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 55.
DMA Label Copy (1982.94), 1993.
Named on "American Indian and Northwest Coast Top Ten List" (August 6, 1992), Steven A. LeBlanc, former curator at the Southwest Museum at Los Angeles.
Ranked number 4 on "Ceramics of the Southwest United States, Prehistoric to 20th century" list (Items ranked on a scale of 1 through 5, 5 being outstanding).
This bowl stands appears reddish-brown due to oxidation which occurred during firing.