Home > Art > Large Mogollon-Anasazi Tularosa–Style Vessel with Abstract Design and Indentations for Handling
About the Object
An unknown artist created this vessel by layering clay coils on top of one another and then smoothing them with a scraping tool. The work’s motifs and white-on-black glaze reveal what scholars call the Tularosa style. Though the exact significance of the decorations remains uncertain, the motifs likely have multiple meanings: The spirals may represent a serpent, while the triangular forms with lines and dots possibly signify bird feathers. The darker trapezoidal features likely represent rain clouds. These were likely related to agricultural and life cycles.
Originating from nomadic groups such as the Conchise in the mountains of east central Arizona and west central New Mexico, the Mogollon culture eventually projected its influence as far as southern New Mexico, west Texas, and Northern Mexico. Beginning about 700 CE, the Mogollon began to use ceramics in place of baskets for storage, ritual, and trade; at the same time, they started moving into larger settlements. For the Mogollon and related cultures such as the Anasazi, life was centered around a mixed agricultural, hunting, and gathering regime that included rabbits, deer, and birds, as well as foods such as maize, juniper berries, walnuts, and fruit from various cacti.
[Throckmorton Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM];
The Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, 1997-2010;
Gift to The Vilcek Foundation, 2010;
Fabián Von Hauske Valtierra receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts for combining diverse, international culinary influences into a singular voice that is ambitious, experimental, and accessible.
Valeria Luiselli receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature for intelligent, distinctive fiction and nonfiction that interrogates the United States’ immigration system, and bears witness to those left voiceless by mass deportation.
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