Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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FIGURINE (Bear)
FIGURINE (Bear)
TitleFIGURINE (Bear)
Case Location0005
Cultural AffiliationTesuque
Date of Manufacturemid 19th Century
DescriptionFigurines were produced in the Southwest from ancient times and are still made today. Their original use was ceremonial, but small, crude images (and miniature pottery pieces), may have been the products of children's attempts to learn pottery making. This figurine is probably a bear. Tesuque and other Tewa-speaking Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley produced such figurines (animalitos in Spanish) for the commercial market starting in the mid-late 1800s and still make them today; other villages also made them and still do.
DescriptorsANIMAL FIGURINE
Length9.8 cm
Height5.2 cm
Width3.2 cm (max)
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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