Wingate Black-on-Red jar

Ancestral Pueblo
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General Description

The Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) culture, forerunner to modern Pueblo peoples, developed some 2,000 years ago in northern New Mexico and the Four Corners area, where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. This vessel features a red background and interlocking hatched and solid figures. Although Ancestral Pueblo painting is generally nonfigurative, occasionally, as here, the judicious placement of the dotted circle turns the stepped spiral into the head of a bird with a long, curving beak.

Excerpt from

Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Storage jar (1991.336.FA)," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 54.

Fun Facts

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.