Gila Polychrome Bowl
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Gila Wilderness, circa A.D. 1200 to 1450.
This bowl, of elongated oval form, is painted on the interior in black against a creamy buff colored slip, with two opposing spiraling, possibly avian elements in an intricate angular geometric composition; decorated on the exterior with a brownish-red polished slip.
Provenance: From an old private collection of fine early pottery in New Mexico, originally collected many years ago in Arizona.
Height: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm.); Length: 7.5 in. (19 cm.); Width: 5.6 in. (14.2 cm.)
Condition: Aside from three very minor chips to one side of the rim, some tiny losses to the black interior paint, this bowl is unbroken, and in excellent condition.