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small, possibly ceremonial, vessel and bowl from early Hopi culture

Hopi area (Arizona) -- (San Bernardo Polychrome?) (Ceremonial) Vessel and Bowl

17th Century?, Left: H. 12 cm., Coll. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Frank, Right: Diameter 23 cm., Museum of New Mexico, Santa fe, N.M., cat. no. 45231/12

The earliest Hopi Indian pottery of the Historic period is represented by the bowl on the right and possibly by the exotic little (ceremonial?) vessel on the left. San Bernardo Polychrome is a highly degenerate version of Sikyatki Polychrome of the Prehistoric period. No slip covers the well smoothed paste on which the decoration in black and red was painted in mineral pigments Heavy walls, lopsided forms, and sloppy execution of the decoration characterize this type.

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The above image and description originally appeared in Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians, 1600 - 1880

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