Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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BOWL
BOWL
TitleBOWL
Case Location0004
Cultural AffiliationAncestral Pueblo
CA detailsThe Ancestral Pueblo people were not a tribe, per se, the term refers to the ancient ancestors of the present-day Pueblo Indians.
Date of ManufactureAD 1075-1125
DescriptionInterpretation of Pre-contact period (meaning AD 1539 in the American Southwest) painted designs is difficult, especially when they are geometric. The design elements in this bowl are arranged in a quadrate pattern that may represent the four world quarters, a common cosmological idea. Based on analogy with the Pueblos, where spirals are often associated with springs and water, the triangular spirals in the interior might represent water, a critical commodity and common motif in the arid Southwest.
Provenance noteThis bowl may have been gifted to Illinois Wesleyan's School of Art in 1950. The archives seeks input from anyone who can verify this is the bowl mentioned in a document, found separately from the bowl, describing the donation of a pre-Columbian piece at that time. Contact archives@titan.iwu.edu
DescriptorsBowl
Height9.9 cm
Diameter20.5 cm x 20.7 cm
Type.DigitalImage
RightsIllinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by IWU. Contact archives@titan.iwu.edu or 309-556-1535 for more information.
Collection NameJohn Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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