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Lot 90: Anasazi Mogollon Black-on-White Geometric Olla
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Southwestern US, Mogollon, 1100 to 1250 CE. This is a very large black-on-white Kiva jar. Kiva jars differ from seed jars by having drilled holes around the rim, usually four to tie a lid onto. Seed jars do not have these holes present. The exterior is boldly painted with corn kernel designs, fringed blankets and "Whirling Logs". There are numerous ancient bow drilled holes all over the vessel, this was done in ancient times to repair the vessel. Sinew would have been sewn into the holes. When it dried it would seal the cracks. The artists responsible for creating pottery vessels like this were women, and many women have been found in burials accompanied by pottery making tools. Size: 11.5" W x 7.5" H (29.2 cm x 19 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private AZ collection found on private ground and does not violate any UNESCO or NAGPRA regulations
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Condition Report: Broken and glued as seen, two missing shards professionally restored; the drill holes are from an old repair technique.