This pre-Colombian Casas Grandes--better known as Paquimé--olla or pot came to me via a woman who inherited a large collection of artifacts from a New Mexico archaeologist who had collected all pieces legally during the 1930s to the 1960s. In the region of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, which before there was a division between Mexico and United States borders, was considered a part of the Greater Southwest cultures. The indigenous pueblo of Paquimé produced magnificent pottery in the 1200-1450 periods. It was the discovery of pottery from Paquimé that inspired the revival of pottery in the 20th century known now as Mata Ortiz pottery. This particular piece of pottery is of the Babicora style. There are two main styles of Paquimé pottery, the other being Ramos. The Babicora has the polychrome paint of black and red not ever touching, such as seen in this piece. It is not a large pot, and at one time it did have a sticker on the bottom identifying it in the archaeologist's collection.
Measuring about 5-1/4" in diameter by 3-1/2" tall. Weighs 11.4 ounces. The pot is structurally sound with no chips nor cracks nor restoration, although there are fleabites and rough patches. There is quite a bit of fading and discoloration. One spot on the rim where the paint creates a larger spot, which may look like a chip but is not.
A powerful piece of Mexico.
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